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Ailing List of Players Turns Scrimmage into Regular Practice

MOSCOW, ID - Robb Akey took one look at the list of ailing Vandals and decided the scrimmage originally scheduled to wrap up fall camp for the University of Idaho football team would become a situational practice with no heavy hitting. The heavy hitting will come soon enough – when the Vandals open the 2011 season Sept. 1 against Bowling Green State in a rematch of the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl.

To be ready for the Falcons, Akey wants his team at full strength so Friday night's two-hour session was fully padded but not full contact.

"We adjusted our practice schedule a little bit," Akey said. "We got a lot of great work done tonight. This was a great situation practice tonight. … I'm making sure we're being smart with our bodies."

The Vandals went through their drills before a few hundred fans – some of whom were in town to celebrate the opening of the Litehouse Center/Bud and June Ford Club Room; others to settle in for the start of classes Monday.

Akey likes the progress of his team during this fall camp. After an explosion by the offense in last Monday's scrimmage, he said the defense ramped up its production and showed steady gains throughout the week.

"I like the way this camp has gone," he said. "We're coming together great as a team.

"These guys are getting out here and competing."

But, he noted, they are getting a bit familiar.

"We know each other pretty well right now," he said. "We're hungry to go compete against somebody else."

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