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Scott Can’t Make Grade At Purdue

It’s been a few days, so we’re virtually required to provide an up date on former Idaho Vandals wide receiver Robert Scott.

Scott, who transferred to Utah State earlier this month, apparently was set to leave that school for Purdue, where he would have been reunited with former Vandals assistant coach Greg Olson.

But Scott didn’t have enough transferable credits to be eligible at Purdue. So he decided to return to Utah State.

“He would have come here,” said Olson, who accepted an assistant’s job at Purdue in July. “The only reason it would have been considered is that I didn’t want Idaho to have to play against him.

“I think he’ll look back on it in five years and regret it (leaving Idaho).”

Presto at slot

Scott’s loss has become Ryan Prestimonico’s gain.

Prestimonico has nailed down the starting job at slot receiver, which was Scott’s until he skipped town earlier this month.

Prestimonico is a sophomore who hasn’t caught a regular-season pass. That should change when the Vandals open the season at Air Force on Saturday.

“It’s his third year in the program,” UI head coach Chris Tormey said. “It’s his turn.”

Prestimonico (5-feet-9, 177 pounds) is quicker than Scott (6-1, 205), but much smaller. Prestimonico has been productive in scrimmages.

“We replaced him (Scott) real quick,” senior quarterback Brian Brennan said.

Elsewhere, the Vandals’ starting lineup appears set for the opener.

One of the last remaining spots has been awarded to middle linebacker Ryan Skinner, a junior from Lewiston. However, backup Casey Hills, a redshirt freshman, will see plenty of action.

“We kind of feel like two guys could start there,” defensive coordinator Nick Holt said.

Junior linebacker Matt Jasik probably won’t play due to a sprained neck. He’ll be replaced by James Durrough. Coaches are hopeful Jasik will return for the home opener against Portland State on Sept. 6.

Young guns

Jeffrey Townsley, the talented true freshman receiver from Miami, won’t redshirt this season.

“I talked to him about it, presented both sides,” Tormey said. “He wants to play. Every kid is different. Some of it is confidence level and he thinks he can play.”

Townsley will play on special teams and, as the season goes on, at wide receiver, Tormey said.

Other true freshmen likely to play this season are Lewiston’s Laki Ah Hi, a fullback, and backup safety Scott Goss.

“There may be a couple others if we have injuries,” Tormey said.

Weight watchers

Defensive ends Nick Alexakos (about 230 pounds) and John Harper (234) are much smaller than last year’s tandem of Ryan Phillips (253) and Barry Mitchell (255).

But Alexakos and Harper shouldn’t be giving away too many pounds on Saturday. Air Force’s tackles each weigh 260, not heavy by today’s standards.

“It’s a concern, but we’ve just got to rest some guys by playing some backups,” Holt said.

Air Force’s line beef is at guard. Frank Mindrup (6-5, 290) and Chuck Parks (6-6, 280) moved inside to help boost the interior running game after playing tackle last season.

“They’re bound and determined to establish the fullback,” Tormey said.

Notes

Reserve running back Willie Alderson, out for a couple weeks after having knee surgery, has returned to practice and probably will make the road trip, Tormey said… . Air Force lost to Wyoming 22-19 last year. Idaho lost to Wyoming 40-38… . “It’s a real challenge to play against a team like Air Force, but like last year (against Wyoming) we believe we can win,” Tormey said.

, DataTimes

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