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While the Big Sky Conference football season remains in limbo on the cusp of August, more than a dozen ex-Eastern Washington and Idaho standouts enter preseason NFL training camps around the country.
Before the coronavirus pandemic halted college sports in March, Big Sky Conference football media days were slated to take place in downtown Spokane at the Davenport this summer.
Eastern Washington beat writer Ryan Collingwood predicts Week 3 games in the Big Sky Conference
With two weeks to go before the season opener, Idaho’s practices will begin to focus heavily on its plan for Penn State, according to head coach Paul Petrino.
The Eagles were picked first in both Big Sky preseason media and coaches polls on Monday. Idaho was picked eighth.
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.
For almost every college football coach, the 15 spring workouts allowed by the NCAA create the challenge of pouring 10 gallons of work into a 5-gallon bucket. It is no different for the Idaho Vandals.
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.
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.
A charter member of the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the Inland Empire Hall of Fame, Jerry Hendren, 70, died Feb. 26.
John Graham is back in the game – and back in the Big Sky Conference. The former Eastern Washington defensive coordinator is the new linebackers coach at Idaho, he announced on social media Thursday morning.
Idaho’s 22-year venture in FBS has resulted in an 85-174 cumulative record and three bowl wins, including the Famous Idaho Potatoes Bowl last year. After losing five league games by a combined 24 points in a star-crossed season, though, there will be no bowl for the Vandals this year.
Idaho committed two turnovers in the first six minutes and New Mexico State cashed them in for 14 points, helping the Aggies to a 17-10 victory over the Vandals on Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
After losing 13-7 to Coastal Carolina Saturday in its final home game, Idaho’s record is 3-7 with two games remaining. There is no chance to win the six games necessary to qualify for a bowl game.
As his career as an Idaho receiver tapers to three or possibly four games, if the Vandals can qualify for a bowl, Reuben Mwehla can look back on what he is convinced was the right decision at the right time to become the first player to sign with the Vandals in the Paul Petrino era.
The status of University of Idaho senior quarterback Matt Linehan, who suffered a hand or wrist injury to his throwing arm late in the Vandals’ 24-21 loss to the University of Troy on Saturday, remains undecided as the Vandals head into a bye week.
After making a goal-line stand in the final minute to turn away Louisiana-Monroe 31-23 and end a three-game losing streak, the Idaho Vandals (3-5) head to Troy (6-2) on Thursday with less desperation and more momentum. “We knew we had what it took to win. We got our backs off the wall a little bit,” UI linebacker Tony Lashley said.
Matt Linehan had his first 300-yard passing game of the season as he threw for 360 yards and three touchdowns and Idaho held off Louisiana Monroe 31-23 on Saturday afternoon.
With five regular season games left and still, possibly, a bowl game for the 2-5 Vandals, Alfonso Onunwor’s senior season is progressing to the point the University of Idaho’s leading receiver for yards this year can contemplate the end of it.