Slinging it around the field — Idaho will continue to throw the ball around 10.01.2015

After falling 44-20 in a game dominated by the Georgia Southern option attack, the Idaho Vandals begin a long stretch of road games with a trip to Jonesboro, Arkansas, this weekend. The matchup pits two of the Sun Belt’s struggling teams against one another as they both look to gain an edge and improve their

Run Eagles run 09.24.2015

After escaping a tense game against Wofford in a thrilling 41-38 victory last weekend, the Idaho Vandals now turn their attention toward Sun Belt Conference heavyweight Georgia Southern. 

Weekend with Pappy 09.24.2015

He stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall, black hair tucked into his well-worn Idaho baseball cap, Vandal Dad T-shirt underneath a flannel shirt. He yells unabashedly at Idaho football coach Paul Petrino for calling a “dumb play.” His voice causes everyone in the stands to turn and look.

Sun Belt days numbered 09.24.2015

The writing on the wall is becoming more and more clear for Idaho about the future conference home of the football team.

Running game alive 09.24.2015

You have to run to win football games — that’s what Idaho running backs coach Jason Shumaker says.

Idaho breaks the streak — Idaho puts up big offensive numbers, Vandal defense is difference 09.21.2015

  Both offenses couldn’t be stopped for most of the game. But Idaho’s defense made the most important stand on Wofford’s last offensive drive, which sealed the 41-38 win for the Vandals Saturday at the Kibbie Dome. On 4th and 12, Wofford quarterback Evan Jacks’ pass fell incomplete and the Idaho offense took over with

A season to forget 05.07.2015

Season didn’t go as planned, Vandals take lumps in Petrino’s second season Last season, the Idaho football team was chock-full of young and inexperienced players. A freshman quarterback led the offense while being protected by an offensive line featuring two freshmen and one sophomore. The leading rusher was a junior college transfer playing his first

Linebackers could be strength 05.04.2015

Linebackers are a mix ofproductive veterans andnewcomers with potential One of the biggest surprises from spring football might have been the standout play from newcomer Kaden Elliss. The linebacker from Salt Lake City led the Vandals in tackles through the first two scrimmages, was second on the team in the third scrimmage and led the

From Vandal to Seahawk 05.04.2015

Former Idaho lineman Jesse Davisdoesn’t get drafted, signs with Seattle Jesse Davis was without a team when the seventh and final round of the NFL Draft came to an end Sunday — but he expected that. “I kinda knew I was gonna be an undrafted free agent anyways,” the former Idaho offensive lineman said of

Nothing settled in secondary 04.30.2015

Starting positions still up for grabs for defensive backs From the start of spring, Idaho coach Paul Petrino made it clear that no player had a starting position locked up. Coaches constantly rotated players in and out and challenged them to out-perform their counterparts for the starting roles. As spring progressed, though, players rotated less

The battle for QB1, a good thing 04.27.2015

Competition is a welcomesight to football team During Idaho’s first three games last season, Matt Linehan was everyone’s favorite quarterback. He was poised, confident and fearless, which put the then-redshirt freshman amongst the nations’ top quarterbacks in passing yards and touchdowns early in the season.

Silver gets best of Gold 04.27.2015

Linehan leads Silver teamto blowout victory Throughout the spring, Idaho coach Paul Petrino said he wanted more consistency from his quarterback — which is exactly what he got Friday at the Silver and Gold Game.

New faces, big replacements 04.24.2015

Vandals welcome back Dezmon Epps, move players to new positions, look to replace Joshua McCain Leading an entire football conference in receiving yards is no easy task, but that’s exactly what Idaho wide receiver Joshua McCain did last season with 1,162 yards. Now, the Vandals are faced with replacing his production heading into next season.

Linehan, Luton compete for QB1 04.24.2015

For third time in as many years, Petrino has QB competition When Chad Chalich made a big play last spring, it was usually Matt Linehan leading the celebration — sprinting down the sideline while pumping his fist to celebrate a play he had no part in. The two were battling to be Idaho’s starting quarterback,

You don’t hate football 04.23.2015

Football 101 seminar offers chance to try something new Since the inception of big-time college football in the early 20th century, a debate has spiraled around ivory-clad campus buildings questioning whether or not major athletic programs have any place among the intellectual elite in academia.

Weathering the storm at RB 04.20.2015

Vandals set to have crowded backfield once again Thunderstorms are something the Idaho football team is all too familiar with. Last season, the inclement weather forced Idaho’s game at Florida to be cancelled and delayed the following week’s game at Louisiana-Monroe. While the weather might have put a damper on things last season, thunder and

Big in the trenches 04.16.2015

Idaho O-line is starting to mesh Everyone likes to watch quarterbacks, receivers and running backs make explosive plays, but it’s the offensive line that does the dirty work and allows those long pass plays and long run plays to happen. The offensive line can be underappreciated a lot of times, but many people believe games

‘We really wanna stop the run this year’ 04.16.2015

New scheme has D-line poised for bounce-back year Forget tackling — defensive players aren’t even allowed to touch the quarterbacks during practice. This is a rule that trumps all, and while it serves as a good purpose to protect the often fragile quarterbacks, it makes it tough to gauge what is and isn’t a sack.

Second scrimmage down 04.13.2015

Defense impresses in second scrimmage The offense continued to make some big plays in Idaho’s second football scrimmage of the spring Saturday in the Kibbie Dome, but it was the Idaho defense that stood out the most. “I think we dominated today,” senior defensive end Quinton Bradley said. “The offense did what they could, (but)

Epps earning his way back 04.09.2015

Dezmon Epps making most of second chance It was the Monday after the first week of spring football — minutes before an Idaho coach would blow an air horn to signal the start of practice. After enduring three long and grueling practices the week before, players methodically walked from the locker room and gathered on

Football has solid foundation in place 04.06.2015

UI football may be ready to take the next step in 2015 The Idaho football program hasn’t had many high points since its 2009 Humanitarian Bowl victory over Bowling Green. Since that win in Boise, the Vandal program has a record of 11-49 although six of those wins came the following year in 2010. This

Scrimmaging on the SprinTurf 04.06.2015

Wide receivers, defensive newcomers stand out in first scrimmage Saturday, the Vandal football team took to the SprinTurf for the first scrimmage of the spring. Idaho coach Paul Petrino, who is in his third year with the program, was pleased with both how the offense and defense looked in the 148-play scrimmage. He said the

A perfect fit 04.02.2015

Edwards has the size, strength to be 3-4 nose tackle At 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds,probably has some trouble finding things that fit properly — even his practice jersey is a snug fit, as it usually rides up over his stomach.

Rehkow wreaking havoc 04.02.2015

Idaho’s All-American is aiming for the sky, literally Not much has gone right for the Idaho football program these past few years, but if there has been one silver lining. It comes from Austin Rehkow’s leg. For a brief portion of each practice, the junior punter from Spokane’s Central Valley High School trots onto the

From wide receiver to tight end 03.30.2015

Two former receivers make switch to tight end Deon Watson saw an opportunity and now he’s going into 2015 at a new football position. As a wide receiver last season, the sophomore from Coeur d’Alene finished with 37 receptions for 343 yards and one touchdown, but that wasn’t good enough. With aspirations to play at