Athletic Director Rob Spear believes he has his man in head coach Robb Akey,
inking him to a new four-year contract. That
should give the program some stability that it has lacked in recent years.
Rebuilding the offensive line will be the primary focus for Akey and
staff. All-America guard Mike Iupati
anchored the line that made everything else click and you don't just replace
someone like that. Left tackle Matt Cleveland (6-4, 311, Jr.) is the lone returner on the line.
Only one other lineman (Tyrone Novikoff) (6-7, 318, Jr.) has any significant playing
time. Clell Hasenbank (6-1, 287,
Sr.) appears to have the inside tract at center, with Guy Renolds, Jr. (6-3,
301, So.) and Tevita Halaholo (6-5, 335, Sr.) expected to line up at guard.
Junior Tyrone Novikoff (6-7, 318, Jr.) is the early favorite to start at
Nathan Enderle (6-5, 223, Sr.) came on late in the season to finish fifth in the
country in passing efficiency. Defenses
are well aware of him now and are devising schemes to shatter his confidence as
you read this. Enderle (192-312 for
2,906 yards) threw for 22 touchdowns and led the Western Athletic Conference in
passing yards per game (264.2). He
has a strong arm and makes good decisions and check-offs at the line.
Enderle is entering his fourth year at the helm of the Vandal offense and
was placed on both the Davey O'Brien and Unitas Award Watch Lists for this
season. With the revamped offensive
line taking time to gel, Enderle may need to scramble to buy more time to throw.
will have to do without his favorite receiver, Max Komar.
Seniors Maurice Shaw (6-3, 205) and Eric Greenwood (6-7, 223) return, as
does tight end Daniel Hardy (6-4, 242), another senior.
Shaw found the end zone six times and averaged 20.8 yards per catch,
Vandals will sorely miss DeMaundray Woolridge and his 979 rushing yards and 18
touchdowns. Woolridge rescued them
time and time again from troubling situations with key runs for first downs.
Princeton McCarty (5-8, 192, Jr.) and Deonte Jackson have both shown
flashes of brilliance and will need to be more consistent.
McCarty averaged 5.9 yards per carry last year (115 carries for 680 yards
and three scores) but will need to carry a bigger load this fall.
Shiloh Keo (5-11, 216) has started since his first year in
linebackers may be the top unit on the defense.
Junior Robert Siavii (6-1, 216) and senior JoJo Dickson (6-2, 235) are
both back. Siavii
has been a contributor since he played as a true freshman.
Siavii is a coach's dream—he has a motor that won't quit, he reacts
quickly to the ball and delivers a punishing blow.
Siavii was fourth on the team with 58 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and had 3
pass breakups and 2 forced fumbles.
second-team All-WAC) had 79 tackles, four for loss, and a sack in ‘09 and
showed good pass coverage with two interceptions.
Dickson returned one pick for a touchdown and added two pass breakups, a
recovered fumble and a blocked kick. Dickson
will be one of the captains this fall. JoJo
has been working at the
Dickson (named second-team All-WAC) had 79 tackles, four for loss, and a sack in ‘09 and showed good pass coverage with two interceptions. Dickson returned one pick for a touchdown and added two pass breakups, a recovered fumble and a blocked kick. Dickson will be one of the captains this fall. JoJo has been working at the
That will depend on the development of sophomore Conrad Scheidt (6-1, 222). Scheidt appeared in 10 games last season and has made great strides. John McKinley (6-0, 228, Jr.) and Jeffrey Bediako (6-3, 237, Fr.) are others competing for playing time. McKinley walked on in 2007 and appeared in all 13 games last season on special teams. Bediako, who has 4.46 speed in the 40, signed last spring and redshirted.
Tre'Shawn Robinson (5-10, 240, Jr.) and Paul Senescall (6-1, 228, Sr.) will compete for
the job at middle linebacker. Senescall
had 51 tackles last season while Robinson had 49.
They both proved capable of getting in the backfield as Robinson had six
tackles for loss while Senescall had four. Robinson
is a big hitter that reacts quickly to the ball.
Both should see plenty of playing time this fall.
Tyler Brooks (6-1,222) and Marshal Pirtz (5-11, 238) will also vie for playing
time. Brooks played on special teams
last season while Pirtz is a transfer from
Korey Toomer (6-2, 230) played in 12 games last season as a backup at the Will.
He too has improved his play and will be a factor this season.
the list of linebackers are sophomores Brad Marboe (6-3, 208) and Jared Heston
(6-1, 222). They will be the future
Vandal stars. Marboe has good speed
(4.7) and just needs to bulk up. Heston,
who played as a true freshman last season, is a candidate to redshirt this fall.
255-pound senior end Aaron Lavarias (second-team All-WAC.) and tackle Jonah Sataraka (6-2, 294), also a senior, combined for eight sacks last fall.
Juniors Michael Cosgrove (6-4, 289) and Andre Ferguson (6-3, 226) are
penciled in as the other starters on the line for the Vandals.