- Quarterback: Chad Chalich is at the top of the depth chart, but senior Taylor Davis has the most experience and JC transfer Josh McCain is the wildcard. Erickson said Chalich and Davis got tougher in spring. Chalich also showed a knack for running Petrino’s read-option offense.
- Offensive line: Veteran Jordan Johnson (back) might not play this fall, which means converted D-lineman Jesse Davis has settled at offensive tackle. The anchor of the line is junior center Mike Marboe, and Dallas Sandberg and Cody Elenz are returning starters.
- Linebacker: UI has talent here but little FBS experience. JC transfers Marc Millan, Juan Martinez and Eric Tuipulotu impressed in the spring, and Broc Westlake (another JC product) has been cleared after an injury. Redshirt freshman Russell Siavii, converted QB Austin DeCoud and returners James Randall and Matthew Willis are also in the mix.
- Secondary: Cornerback and safety might be the thinnest positions on the team. Solomon Dixon and Jayshawn Jordan are talented corners. Bradley Njoku and Trey Williams have experience at safety. After that, UI will rely on new faces.
- Defensive line: This is the strongest spot on Idaho’s defense, and maybe the whole team. Quinton Bradley and Maxx Forde are promising D-ends. Vince Keener and reinstated QuayShawne Buckley are key returners, while JC signee Anthony Rice should see time. “I feel really good about up front,” defensive coordinator Ronnie Lee said.
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