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- STAFF REPORT | ALL Vandals04/16/2016
IN RECENT WEEKS WE'VE LEARNED OF TWO CHAPTERS of the Vandal Scholarship Fund (VSF) that have submitted letters to Idaho President Chuck Staben in support of Idaho remaining FBS. Inside we've published these letters from the presidents of the Ada County Chapter and the Puget Sound Chapter. (Above images showing Idaho hosting Fresno State and Wyoming)
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals03/05/2016
EARLIER THIS WEEK THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE made a landmark decision for their member institutions and will proceed as a 10-team conference after choosing not to renew football-only memberships to the University of Idaho and New Mexico State programs after the 2017 season (two years from now). The Vandals are now weighing their football program options for the 2018 season and beyond.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals02/27/2016
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE a 335-pound bench with a 5-foot-11, 190-pound frame, and then add a power-plant that generates 4.44-40 speed? For Idaho you get a new defensive back for 2016 and a late addition to the recruiting class. Scottsdale C.C. standout D.J. OLMSTEAD signed with the Vandals last week and the All-Conference safety has his sights set on making an immediate impact this fall.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals02/18/2016
POSSIBLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST signing day shockers a couple weeks ago occurred when Idaho announced that JASON SYLVA, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound middle linebacker who played for Western Michigan last fall would be joining the Idaho program this season. Few, if any, outside the program knew the senior’s move was materializing. But to say he fills a critical role would be an understatement.
- STAFF REPORT | ALL Vandals02/03/2016
WITH HIS FOURTH RECRUITING CLASS Idaho head coach Paul Petrino and crew again cast a net coast-to-coast to continue the rebuilding job they began with the 2013 class. Unlike previous classes which were heavily weighted towards junior college prospects, this year's class is focused on high school prospects and is centered around restocking the Vandal defensive line for 2016 and the years ahead.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals02/02/2016
CHRISTMAS CAME A LITTLE EARLY for the Vandals this off-season when 3-Star running back DYLAN THIGPEN, the No.80 running back in the nation, made a verbal pledge to the Idaho program in early December. A power-back with explosive speed Thigpen rushed for an eye-popping 4,007 career yards and found pay dirt 44 times in his career at SoCal Damien High. Now he sets his sites on doing the same at UI.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals01/26/2016
WHEN IDAHO GAINED A VERBAL PLEDGE LAST NOVEMBER from Chaparral High School star athlete LLOYD HIGHTOWER (5-9, 165, 4.35-40), one of the top prospects on UI's board, conventional wisdom pegged him as a corner. And why not? His production on that side of the ball was what caught the attention of many. But, man, did Coach Petrino have a surprise for the fleet-footed standout on his official visit.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals01/23/2016
THE VANDALS ROUTINELY GO A LITTLE OFF THE RECRUITING RADAR in their search for athletes to keep the pipeline well-stocked. This year is no different as the search has taken them to their own back yard, where they picked up a verbal pledge last weekend from TY GRAHAM, a 6-foot-0, 205-pound heavy hitting defensive back out of nearby Cheney High who projects as an outside linebacker at Idaho.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals01/11/2016
THE TIGHT END POSITION AT IDAHO saw a monumental boost in production in 2015. Junior Trent Cowan moved over to TE after working two seasons at wide receiver, earned the starting nod and finished the season ranked No.4 nationally. Looking ahead, last year Idaho got a verbal from JOE WYSOCKI, a 6-3.5, 234-pound TE prospect out of powerhouse Los Alamitos who grayshirted and will enroll in January.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals11/28/2015
IDAHO PUT TOGETHER A GAME WINNING touchdown drive in the final five minutes, then held off a Texas State possession in the final minute for the 38-31 win on Senior Night in Moscow. In total Idaho put up 508 yards of offense while junior receiver DEON WATSON haulded in five passes for an efficient 124 yards (averaging 24.8 yards per catch) and two touchdowns on the afternoon.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals11/24/2015
THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON 12 VANDAL SENIORS will suit up for the last time for the University of Idaho. The team will be led by the return of 1000 yard rusher ELIJHAA PENNY who missed most of the Auburn game with a leg injury, and rush end QUINTON BRADLEY who is the Sun Belt Conference's leader in tackles for loss with 15 on the season.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals11/22/2015
THE IDAHO OFFENSE BURST ONTO THE JORDAN-HARE STADIUM stage with a 2-play, 75-yard scoring drive composed of a 71-yard Matt Linehan to CALLEN HIGHTOWER pass followed by Elijhaa Penny's 4-yard touchdown plunge. In all Idaho (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt) put up 479 yards of total offense before falling 56-34 to the Auburn Tigers (6-5, 2-5 SEC). Up next Idaho hosts Texas State for Senior Night in Moscow.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals11/01/2015
UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO SENIOR TAILBACK ELIJHAA PENNY had another career game, his second in a row, as he rushed for 192 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground, while adding another 58 yards receiving and scoring another touchdown for the Vandals. But it wouldn't be enough as UI built a 30-7 third quarter lead before giving up 42 points in the half to a winless NMSU team to lose 55-48 in OT.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals10/27/2015
WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT this week that Idaho has suspended indefinitely receiver Dezmon Epps, ranked No.14 in America, the Vandals begin looking to fill the void left by its most prolific receiver (61 receptions, 757 yards). This will be no trivial task - especially his ability to stretch the field. Several will be in the mix to become Idaho's next go-to receiver, including tightend TRENT COWAN.
- STAFF REPORT | ALL Vandals10/26/2015
SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER DEZMON EPPS has been suspended indefinitely by the University of Idaho football program. Epps is currently ranked No.14 in the nation with 757 receiving yards through the first seven games of the season, and had contributed the last couple weeks defensively as a corner and nickel back.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals10/25/2015
WITH SATURDAY'S HOMECOMING VICTORY, the Vandals put together one of their most complete games of the season. They scored late in the 2nd quarter to take a 3-point lead into the half. After intermission the Vandal D gave up just three points, while DEON WATSON scored two touchdowns of 20+ yards and the Vandal offense took a knee at the ULM 2-yard line as time expired for the 27-13 victory.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals10/23/2015
THE VANDALS DISPATCHED TWO BIRDS with one stone last week when they knocked off Troy in Alabama. First, the biggest of them all, they registered their first road win since 2011. Second, they got their first FBS victory of the 2015 season. Saturday Idaho welcomes the University of Louisiana - Monroe to the Dome for a Homecoming matchup as Idaho looks for its first back-to-back wins since 2009.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals10/15/2015
INDICATIONS OUT OF THE KIBBIE DOME this week are that junior defensive end LEONARD HAZEWOOD, a 6-foot-4 athlete who joined the program in the spring and almost immediately took control of the starting BUCK linebacker position, will be redshirted for 2015.
- PAT HAUGE | ALL Vandals10/15/2015
EARLIER THIS WEEK IDAHO head football coach Paul Petrino said starting signal caller, sophomore MATT LINEHAN (10), who missed the Arkansas State, is expected to play Saturday on the road at Troy. Whether Linehan, or redshirt freshman JAKE LUTON (7) who started against Arkansas State, will get the start against the Trojans remains to be seen. Said Petrino: "Both are going to play."
- GAYLEN WOOD | ALL Vandals10/05/2015
Last month the Idaho men's golf team achieved its highest ranking ever at No.39. Last weekend they backed up that ranking by winning a tournament hosted by Wyoming by five strokes. Vandal Rylee Iacolucci shook off a 2-stroke penalty on the last day to finish tied for second with Arizona's Tyler Moore in the individual competition, and just 6-strokes behind Arizona State's Nicolo Galletti.
- STAFF REPORT | ALL Vandals10/04/2015
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN QUARTERBACK JAKE LUTON got his first shot starting under center for the Vandals Saturday when Idaho traveled to Arkansas State. Luton finished with 166 yards passing, scored three touchdowns on the ground and threw three pics as Idaho fell to the Red Wolves 49-35. Epps, the top receiver in the Sun Belt, was Luton's No.1 target as he spread the ball around to seven receivers.
- GAYLEN WOOD | ALL Vandals10/01/2015
THE VANDAL GOLF TEAM FINISHED THE 2014-15 season strong and has been surging this season under head coach JOHN MEANS, and this week the Vandal men are enjoying one of their highest national rankings ever at No. 41 (6th in the region, 24th in the division). With strong showings at the Husky Invite (No.5 finish) and the GOLFWEEK Collegiate in Iowa (No.3), the Vandals are focused on future success.
- PRESS RELEASE | ALL Vandals09/27/2015
IDAHO SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER DEZMON EPPS, making headlines on and off the field this fall, is proving to be one of the most productive receivers in the nation through the first four games. After putting up 165 receiving yards Saturday against Georgia Southern, Epps moved into the top ranking in the NCAA for receiving yards per game, accounting for an impressive 154.7 clip per outing.