Idaho coach optimistic

With the game against Arizona only days away, Idaho is fully prepared to face the Wildcats and, like any team, there are plenty of thoughts generating from the squad.

With the game against Arizona only days away, Idaho is fully prepared to face the Wildcats and, like any team, there are plenty of thoughts generating from the squad.

Idaho coach Robb Akey says that last year's record has no impact on how Idaho should be viewed this season.

"Regardless of how much growth we've made, we're being judged off an awful won-loss record a year ago," he said. "We have a chance to make a new identity. There's a lot of excitement about that right now."

As far as being able to turn that excitement into wins, Akey says it is a matter of changing the overall team culture.

The biggest thing is we have to teach them how to win," he said. "The ones that have been here a period of time haven't had the opportunity. We as coaches and players have to remind ourselves that wasn't us.

"We've got goals on where we want to go and we have to measure our progress as we work throughout everything we do within the program. I saw this fall a team that competed better and seemed to enjoy competing better."

While Idaho is trying to bring a winning feeling to the Vandals, Arizona could prove to be quite difficult. However, running back Deonte Jackson is easily Idaho's best bet for an upset.

"I have very high expectations for Deonte` Jackson," he said. "I thought he had a very good year as a freshman last year, going for more than 1,100 yards. A lot of people look at him and say, that's an undersized back and question maybe his durability. He proved to be very durable during the course of last season.

Wildcat Authority Top Stories