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The first practice was complete, and Jeff Cotton and Cutrell Haywood came off the field Saturday in the early Palouse twilight with the purposeful, satisfied air of people who had done a job of work.
The business of constructing an identity for the Idaho Vandals begins Saturday when they practice as a team for the first time in the 2019 preseason.
Idaho suffered a rude awakening in its return to the Big Sky Conference last season.
With a free-flowing mullet matching his father’s college hairdo, Eastern Washington defensive lineman Dylan Ledbetter was the life of the Big Sky Kickoff party.
Colton Richardson, Mason Petrino and Nikhil Nayar are all competing in Moscow for the starting quarterback role.
The Idaho Vandals held their annual Silver-Gold game down in Moscow on Friday, with the Gold team coming out victorious, 70-20.
Following the Vandals practice Monday, Idaho coach Paul Petrino delivered a fundamental precept. “Whatever team hits the other team’s quarterback most usually wins.”
If the Idaho Vandals rise up and take control of a football game next fall, the foundation for such upheaval may have been laid in a play in Friday’s scrimmage.
No longer ago than last spring, Idaho’s impressionable young defenders could sit around the locker room after practice and listen to the old linebackers tell stories about their Super Bowl season. Or so it seemed.
Looking for a sure thing? Bet heavily and confidently that the Idaho Vandals will be watching “300” for a pre-game movie next fall.
No one should have to learn it like this, but Collin Sather, who said in high school “the most important thing to me is to be a coachable player,” is finding being a team member works both ways. The University of Idaho redshirt freshman wide receiver began experiencing stomach pains Jan. 17 and has been diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer. The UI football program and university administrators have rallied to support him.
SWX's Femi Abebefe talked with Idaho Vandals head football coach Paul Petrino about his 2019 recruiting class which featured a couple of athletes from the Inland Northwest.
Along with 14 early signees, nine of whom are already enrolled, the Vandals feature a class of 24 newcomers, with possibly one more late signing to occur.
The Vandals could also get immediate help from Satchel Escalante, a 6-0, 182-pound safety from Scottsdale Community College in Casa Grande. Arizona, and Siliweinusi “Vei” Tomasi, 6-1, 310, and a defensive lineman from Laney College in Oakland, California.
The Idaho Vandals are playing out the final game in a 4-6 season. But instead of finding themselves in a Big Sky Conference outpost in early winter, the Vandals on Saturday are in the sun, at a storied stadium and facing a nationally ranked SEC opponent.
Among the arcane assortment of cups, boots, boats, bells, buckets, artillery and statuary that comprise trophies in college football rivalries, Idaho coach Paul Petrino may have vied for one of the most unusual.
After practice one day early this week, when everyone had jogged into the locker room, Idaho senior linebackers Kaden Elliss and Ed Hall and a couple of teammates reassembled on the Kibbie Dome turf.
Idaho fashioned its first Big Sky Conference football victory since its return to the conference after 23 years away, wearing down Portland State 20-7 on Saturday.
To jump-start a Big Sky Conference season that was becalmed in a decisive 44-21 loss to UC Davis last week, Idaho needs to do at least two things on Saturday against Portland State. 1. Make sure the entire Vandals team shows up. 2. Defeat the flex defense.
Surviving a first-half test when it fell behind, settling into its assignments and physically wearing down Western New Mexico as the game wore on allowed Idaho to finish with a flourish and collect its first win, 56-10, Saturday in the Kibbie Dome.