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Whatever else Idaho sees when it opens the home season Saturday against Western New Mexico, the Vandals will be facing a team that must really like football. The Mustangs endured a two-day, 1,371-mile bus trip from Silver City to get here.
Job one for Idaho when it opens the season against Fresno State Saturday is to introduce doubt to the Bulldogs.
With little more than a week to go before its season-opening game with Fresno State, Idaho loosened the training wheels a bit Friday.
Quarterbacks Mason Petrino and Colton Richardson combined to throw for 10 touchdowns. Petrino tossed eight, completing three to Connor Whitney and a pair to Cutrell Haywood, who also caught a Richardson pass over the middle for a score.
Offensive line play just fundamentally looks right when it is working. Apply force, move a resisting object. Jump out at the correct angle and cut off an object vectoring toward the backfield. It is easy to see and appreciate.
When last seen in connection with University of Idaho football in December, Aaron Duckworth was lighting up Georgia State for 113 yards and a touchdown to finish a 1,025-yard rushing season for the Vandals. He was named to the Sun Belt Conference first team and became the first Idaho player to lead a conference in rushing since Joel Thomas did so in 1996 when the Vandals played in the Big West.
Mason Petrino had a star turn at quarterback as Colton Richardson was among several prominent players who sat out the session.
Whoever takes snaps for Idaho will have David Ungerer and Kaden Elliss as veteran targets. But most of Idaho’s receivers are newcomers whose next catches for the Vandals will be their first in a real game.
Less than a week into the Idaho Vandals’ preseason camp, Mason Petrino’s overarching issue isn’t a looming quarterback competition with Colton Richardson.
Next to hoisting a trophy at the end of the year, the best day in a football season might be the day players report for fall camp.
As the Idaho Vandals head into their first preseason camp since their return to the Big Sky Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision, the many pieces of the puzzle of assembling a team are laid out before them.
Idaho senior linebacker and tight end Kaden Elliss was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, the Louisville (Kentucky) Sports Commission announced Thursday.
Longtime Carroll College football coach Bob Petrino Sr., the father of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino and Idaho coach Paul Petrino, has died at his home in Montana. He was 81.
The Eagles were picked first in the both the preseason Big Sky Conference coaches and media polls released Monday. It's the first time the program was first in both polls since 2014.
Idaho football was not spared the irrevocable calculus of spring.
A seven-play opening drive that began with a 20-yard pass from Mason Petrino to Kaden Ellis and ended with Petrino racing around right end from two yards out for a touchdown was a striking way for Idaho to open its spring game Friday.
Facing a series of postpractice interviews recently, Idaho senior wide receiver David Ungerer shucked off his shoulder pads before taking on questions.
Petrino said the Vandals might have delivered the most physical scrimmage in his five-plus seasons at Idaho.
As he seeks to become the University of Idaho’s new leader in the quintessential team game, junior quarterback Mason Petrino has already taken one for the team.
Some years, on teams laden with experience, spring football is an accurate prologue to the coming season.