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Idaho defensive line continues to impress

MOSCOW, Idaho – One of the truths of spring football is that what happens in April doesn’t always carry over to the fall. For Idaho, team scrimmages will give way to the season opener at Florida, and players who stood out in spring drills might not even make the trip to The Swamp. Some trends that surface, though, are sustainable. Idaho coaches hope the depth and strength they saw from the defensive line on Saturday is one of them.

Petrino putting his stamp on UI

Paul Petrino wore a wide smile after practice on Monday evening. Maybe that’s because the Vandals had another solid spring session, or maybe it was because of who was in attendance. Standing on the sideline were former Seahawks offensive lineman Robbie Tobeck and Tobeck’s son, Mason. Earlier in the day, Idaho offered a scholarship to Mason, a junior tight end and linebacker at Cascade Christian in Puyallup, Wash.

Defensive line sharp in Vandals scrimmage

Some trends that surface in spring practice are sustainable. Idaho coaches hope the depth and strength they saw from the defensive line on Saturday is one of them.

Lots of offense shown in Vandals’ marathon scrimmage

MOSCOW, Idaho – Three-quarters of the way through a nearly three-hour scrimmage on Saturday, Idaho quarterback Chad Chalich’s throwing shoulder started to tire. This was understandable on a number of levels. After all, Chalich and Matt Linehan took all the snaps during the 190-play scrimmage – the first of the spring for the Vandals. And the redshirt sophomore from Coeur d’Alene missed the last five full games of 2013 after injuring that same shoulder.

UI’s Vandals put in a long day’s work

Chad Chalich and Matt Linehan took all the snaps during the Idaho Vandals' 190-play football scrimmage on Saturday. It was a typically long, intense scrimmage under second-year coach Paul Petrino.

Petrino likes Vandals’ speed

MOSCOW, Idaho – It was just one play on the second day of spring practice. Still, it had to be tantalizing to Idaho football coach Paul Petrino and his offensive staff to think of the possibilities. Lined up next to each other on the outside on Monday evening were two wide receivers with elite speed. One was Dezmon Epps, the Vandals’ most accomplished returning pass-catcher. The other was Joshua McCain, who has spent his college career as a quarterback but was recently converted to wideout.

Vandals satisfy their need for speed

It was just one play on the second day of spring practice. Still, it had to be tantalizing to Idaho football coach Paul Petrino and his offensive staff to think of the possibilities.

Idaho opens spring practice focused on team unity

MOSCOW, Idaho – In early March, when the University of Idaho basketball teams were still vying for postseason spots, the Vandals football team gathered at Memorial Gym for a little hoops of its own. The football players-only basketball tournament was one of several offseason events that UI coaches organized to put the team in a competitive environment months before its season opener at Florida. But that wasn’t the only reason.

Idaho opens spring practice focused on team unity

In early March, when the University of Idaho basketball teams were still vying for postseason spots, the Vandals football team gathered at Memorial Gym for a little hoops of its own. The football players-only basketball tournament was one of several offseason events that UI coaches organized to put the team in a competitive environment months before its season opener at Florida. But that wasn’t the only reason.

Vandals’ Epps ups ante with great play

MOSCOW, Idaho – On a sunny morning in August, just after he had given his coaches and teammates of sign of things to come with 10 catches in Idaho’s first fall scrimmage, Dezmon Epps was asked about his game-altering speed. The small wide receiver from Sacramento, Calif., told reporters, matter-of-factly, how he and teammate Richard Montgomery consistently run 4.3-second 40-yard dashes. He even had run a 4.29.

Vandals fall at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Idaho briefly made things interesting against Mississippi on Saturday night. But a lack of depth, a few missed tackles and a handful of mistakes doomed the Vandals in a 59-14 loss to the Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Davis appears likely QB for Vandals

MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho football coach Paul Petrino hasn’t ruled out Chad Chalich and Josh McCain for Saturday’s game at Mississippi. But with both quarterbacks ailing with shoulder injuries, it seems likely senior Taylor Davis will get his first start of the year. Chalich, who has started all seven games for the 1-6 Vandals, went down in the second series against Arkansas State on Oct. 12 and didn’t return. The week prior, McCain left in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss to Fresno State.

Vandals look to No. 3 QB against Ole Miss

Idaho football coach Paul Petrino hasn’t ruled out Chad Chalich and Josh McCain for Saturday’s game at Mississippi. But with both quarterbacks ailing with shoulder injuries, it seems likely senior Taylor Davis will get his first start of the year.

Good effort by Vandals wasted

JONESBORO, Ark. – Idaho coach Paul Petrino saw one of the best efforts by his young football team Saturday evening at Arkansas State, but there were still too many mistakes in a 48-24 loss. “We just started executing better,” Petrino said of a second-half surge that had Idaho within a touchdown as the fourth-quarter unfolded.

Fresno State blasts Idaho in record loss

MOSCOW, Idaho – Late on Saturday afternoon, with just a few hundred fans left in the Kibbie Dome, Idaho quarterback Chad Chalich dropped back to pass and was blasted by Fresno State defensive back Dillon Root. The game clock showed one second left. But that didn’t matter to Paul Petrino, who called a timeout.

Carr leads Fresno State over Idaho

Derek Carr threw five touchdown passes as No. 23 Fresno State pounded Idaho 61-14 on Saturday, scoring at least 40 points for the fifth time this season.

Vandals end skid

MOSCOW, Idaho – In a moment of pure joy, Idaho coach Paul Petrino sought out his wife and youngest daughter near midfield. Members of his staff gave each other – and their smiling families – warm hugs. And his players? After a 26-24 win over Temple on Saturday that wasn’t decided until the final play, most of the Vandals danced around the Kibbie Dome while trying to remember how they were supposed to react to a victory.