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Vandals sign three to letters of intent

Idaho signed Xavier Bazile, a 6-foot-4 senior from Mt. Tahoma High in Tacoma, and two junior college players – Wendell Faines of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., and guard Anthony Jones of Memphis, Tenn.

Idaho tired of losing to rival Boise State

Deonte Jackson sifted through all the possibilities of Idaho’s biggest game of the season – a stunning Vandals upset, another Boise State laugher, somewhere in between – and he settled on the only option he could stomach. “(A win) would bring so much joy to me as a player,” the UI running back said, “and to see the pride return to this town and school, it would just be amazing.”

Vandals excited to face Boise State on Friday

MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho football coach Robb Akey made his feelings very clear Monday on the hazy future of the Vandals’ 40-year-old series with Boise State – at least when it comes to where the rivalry should take place if and when it returns. “That is ridiculous,” Akey said when asked if the game should remain in Boise every year, as BSU coach Chris Petersen suggests. “You play the rival game as a true rival game. Their home and our home every other year, or you don’t play at all. Bottom line.”


Idaho recreates last year’s nightmare loss to Nevada

MOSCOW, Idaho – Early in the fourth quarter of another Idaho nightmare against Nevada, Kama Bailey wiggled away from the Wolf Pack’s kickoff coverage and started galloping down the sideline. For once, the Vandals could see a ray of sunshine. But, alas, the dazzling return – like much of Saturday’s 63-17 loss to Nevada – ended in disaster.

UI wants to make amends

MOSCOW, Idaho – Members of the University of Idaho defense trudged off the team plane Sunday morning, groggy after an all-night flight from Hawaii, and already Mark Criner had started to pick up on a theme from his players. “We landed and they were talking about getting after (Nevada),” the Vandals’ defensive coordinator said. “I don’t think it’s a revenge factor. I think it’s a challenge … to have a good football game.”

Idaho Vandals want to make amends

It’s no wonder the Vandals want a redo with the Wolf Pack. Last year Nevada blitzed Idaho for 484 rushing yards and five touchdowns of at least 35 yards in a 70-45 trampling in Reno.

Vandals tickled with Elmo, the redshirt freshman

MOSCOW, Idaho – The first practice of the week was over, and Idaho quarterback Nate Enderle and tight end Taylor Elmo – the proven senior and budding redshirt freshman – stood a few feet apart during separate sessions with the media. While his teammate’s interview dragged on, Enderle was asked if he could imagine the sculpted 6-foot-4, 244-pound Elmo playing quarterback in high school.

Another game, another time zone

MOSCOW, Idaho – The punishing stretch began at Colorado State and wraps up tonight at Hawaii – five games in five time zones, with nearly 7,000 miles accounted for through the air. The Idaho football team over the last six weeks has grown used to long flights and navigating its way to tough-to-reach locales. But that’s OK to coach Robb Akey – just as long as the Vandals don’t get shaken out of their routine.

Idaho’s Robinson brings compact size to LB

MOSCOW, Idaho – At 240 pounds, Tre’Shawn Robinson is hands down the heftiest linebacker in Idaho’s playing rotation. That’s not the only distinction he holds among the brethren at his position.

Vandals football counting on Robinson

Tre'Shawn Robinson doesn’t have the prototypical size – at least not the height – that scouts target in a linebacker. But since carving out playing time on the Idaho football team as freshman in 2008, he’s become known among coaches and teammates more for his explosiveness and strength than anything else.

Idaho win marred; Dickson’s leg broken on dubious play

MOSCOW, Idaho – In the moment, with the crowd stone silent and an ambulance on the Kibbie Dome turf, the only thing JoJo Dickson’s teammates could think to do was lash out. Dickson, a senior linebacker for Idaho, was on his back, clutching his fractured left leg. He had been sideswiped from behind by New Mexico State’s Kenny Turner at the end of a third-quarter run – a hit the Vandals apparently perceived as cheap.

Like the odds

MOSCOW, Idaho – In late October two years ago, fans exalted inside the Kibbie Dome after Idaho managed to escape against New Mexico State. It was the Vandals’ first WAC win under Robb Akey, and afterward the coach proclaimed that a “750,000-ton gorilla” had been lifted from his back. Senior defensive end Aaron Lavarias was reminded of that wild postgame scene this week with the Vandals preparing once again for beleaguered NMSU to cap homecoming weekend.

Idaho defense lacking swagger in losses

MOSCOW, Idaho – From the moment trends started to crystallize in spring camp through the first three weeks of the season, the Idaho Vandals were sure of one thing about their defense: It was playing with a boldness and energy that had been absent for years. The new defensive mentality was evident for a while. But somewhere between the second half of a numbing loss to Colorado State and last week’s meltdown at Louisiana Tech, the defense’s confidence has given way to a flurry of questions.

UI out to capture swagger on defense

Somewhere between the second half of a numbing loss to Colorado State and last week’s meltdown at Louisiana Tech, the Idaho vandals defense’s confidence has given way to a flurry of questions.

Idaho’s bowl bid still goes through Louisiana Tech

MOSCOW, Idaho – Last year the Idaho football team secured a place in the bowl conversation by Halloween with seven wins in its first nine games, none more riveting than a come-from-behind, 35-34 victory over Louisiana Tech. Becoming postseason-eligible so early was an impressive feat for the previously downtrodden program. But it also helped gloss over the Vandals’ regular-season finish – three consecutive losses and 146 points given up to close Western Athletic Conference play.

Idaho, Lousiana Tech in encore

Idaho will stage an encore to its 2009 thriller with Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon in Ruston, La, and the Vandals know the importance of their WAC opener. They don’t just want blot out the memories of last’s season conference flameout – they are also looking to inch closer to another bowl.

Grandfather, uncle Steven Jackson of NFL guided Idaho RB

MOSCOW, Idaho – Back in Las Vegas, the father and son still cross paths. Their meetings are infrequent, unexpected – and usually awkward. Deonté Jackson has stumbled across his biological dad a few times when he’s out with friends or running errands. During each encounter they catch up for a few minutes, like old classmates, and then scatter in different directions.

Out to erase bitter loss

MOSCOW, Idaho – After perhaps the most bitter football loss of the Robb Akey era, the Idaho Vandals did all they could Sunday to address what went wrong at Colorado State and simply move on. But then came the usual early-week sessions with the media, when UI coaches and players had to rehash all the unsightly details – over and over again.

Vandals’ Axman regains health after cancer battle

MOSCOW, Idaho – The pesky issue had come up before, first when he was a teenager. Steve Axman was told he had a floating chip in his jaw, and for years after that he scarcely thought about it or felt it. This spring, all that changed. Axman, in his fourth year as University of Idaho offensive coordinator, watched his face swell up as if he’d been attacked by hornets.