Wrapping up Spring

We're getting ready for the Spring Game Friday night (7pm, The Dome), and have a number of update reports regarding several positions on the team.

In February we took a glance at the running back depth chart in an article spotlighting JC recruit Kevin McKenzie, who will be joining the Vandals this fall. Then, in March we took a look at the depth chart for each position on defense. Below is an update for the rest of the offense, including some updates we've picked up over the past couple of weeks on the team.

If you haven't done so yet, make plans to attend the Silver and Gold Game this Friday night at 7:00pm at the Dome. There are alot of new faces who will be major contributors next year, and this will be a great opportunity for a sneak peek!


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Kelly Adams
6-4, 322, So
Trinidad High School
Trinidad, Colorado
The top 8 performers so far this spring, based on what we've heard, seen, and read in reports, include (listed by class):

Jake Scott, 6-5, 283, Sr
Matt Martinez, 6-2, 304, Sr
Jason Cobb, 6-4, 298, Sr
Kyle Stewart, 6-3, 296, Sr
Kelly Adams, 6-4, 322, So
Jason Tadvick, 6-5, 330, RS-Fr
Hank Therien, 6-7, 318, RS-Fr
Nate Vanderpol, 6-6, 310, RS-Fr

Scott, Martinez and Cobb are all returning starters, and all 3 will likely factor heavily into Idaho's starting five next fall. All 3 have been given looks at different positions. Scott, a 3 year starter at weak tackle, has played some center this spring. Martinez, a 2 year starter at center, has played some guard. And Cobb, a 2 year starter at weak guard, has played some strong guard.

In total, all 8 of the above listed guys have been running with the first unit offense at various times throughout spring drills. Consequently, we don't know which 5 will be running predominantly with the first unit on Friday night's final scrimmage, and the starting 5 for next fall likely won't be determined until the team regroups in August. That said, this should be a pretty good unit for 2003, with excellent size and plenty of depth across the board. And, plenty of youth for the future.

Returning starters listed in BOLD
Players with starting experience (+) listed below starters
All remaining players listed by class
Jake Scott, 6-5, 283, Sr
Jason Cobb, 6-4, 298, Sr
Matt Martinez, 6-2, 304, Sr

Kyle Stewart, 6-3, 296, Sr
Michael Bakken, 6-4, 300, Jr
Tony Kiel, 6-3, 336, Jr
Ryan Waage, 6-4, 308, So
Kelly Adams, 6-4, 322, So
Jarrod Schulte, 6-3, 260, So
Matt Newell, 6-8, 285, RS-Fr
Jade Tadvick, 6-5, 330, RS-Fr
Hank Therien, 6-7, 318, RS-Fr
Nate VanderPol, 6-6, 310, RS-Fr
Geoff Zuber, 6-4, 290, RS-Fr
Eric Nave, 6-3, 260, True-Fr

Matt Martinez
6-2, 304, Senior
Wenatchee High School
Wenatchee, WA


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Matt Miller
5-11, 175, Jr
Scottsdale Junior College
Mesa, Arizona
For 2003 Idaho returns senior Orlando Winston, who started 10 games and played in 11 for the Vandals last fall (2nd on the team with 624 yards in 50 catches and 1 TD). Beyond Orlando, Idaho will be turning to a young crop of receivers, including sophomore Jeff Stowe, who played in 11 games and caught 30 passes for 363 yards last year as a redshirt freshman (fourth on the team).

So far this spring, Idaho's top 4 most consistent performers include the following (listed by class):

Orlando Winston, 6-0, 187, Sr
Cedric Thompson, 5-8, 175, Sr
Matt Miller, 5-11, 175, Jr
Jeff Stowe, 6-0, 198, RS-So

Although several players have had stints of success this spring (including a couple guys not listed above), nobody has reportedly stood out as "the MAN"……yet. However, senior Cedric Thompson is reportedly having one of the best spring seasons among the receivers, while statistically Jeff Stowe is tops with 210+ yards in 2 scrimmages. But this race to the top of the depth chart is hardly over yet. Be sure to stay tuned.

Returning starters listed in BOLD
Players with starting experience (+) listed below starters
All remaining players listed by class
Orlando Winston, 6-0, 187, Sr
Cedric Thompson, 5-8, 175, Sr
Bobby Bernal-Wood, 6-2, 190, Jr
Jimmy Labita, 5-10, 166, Jr
Matt Miller, 5-11, 175, Jr
Robert Nembhard, 5-9, 170, So
Jeff Stowe, 6-0, 198, So
Wendell Octave, 6-0, 185, RS-Fr
Chris Kehne, 6-4, 185, True-Fr

Orlando Winston
6-0, 187, Senior
Garfield High School
Seattle, WA


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Brian Yarno
6-0, 236, Jr
Redmond High School
Redmond, WA
No definitive answer as of yet regarding who has moved into the top spot. Jordan Lampos (converted linebacker) has been dealing with a high ankle sprain all spring, but is coming along and should be ready for the Spring Game this Friday. Junior Brian Yarno and true sophomore Keith Greer (converted from TE, where he played in 9 games last fall) have both looked good, while oft-injured junior Willie Sipoloa rounds out the top 4. As is the case with the offensive line, it looks like the battle for starting Fullback duties will wage on into next fall.

Unfortunately, it sounds like Nate Griffin had to hang up the cleats due to a nagging neck injury that kept him out of action last fall. We wish Nate the very best with wherever life leads him, and hope he recovers fully from his injury.

Returning starters listed in BOLD
Players with starting experience (+) listed below starters
All remaining players listed by class
(^)Jordan Lampos, 5-10, 238, Sr
Brian Yarno, 6-0, 236, Jr
Willie Sipoloa, 6-2, 259, Jr
Keith Greer, 6-2, 250, So

^Jordan played in 12 games last year as a backup middle linebacker, ending the year 12th on the team in tackles with 31 and 1 tackle for loss.

Jordan Lampos
5-10, 238, Senior
Westlake High School
Westlake Village, CA

This has been a troubled position for Idaho the last couple years. Not because of a lack of talent, but because they've been hammered by injuries. In 2001 Idaho lost senior starter Geoff Franks after the 2nd game of the season and had to turn to a couple of rookies in then-sophomore Mike McCoy and then-true-freshman Luke Smith-Anderson. Both were thrown into the fire against UW, but as the season progressed grew into the position. Going into the 2002 season, things were looking good as the co-starters had a solid spring and were looking strong at the beginning of fall drills. Then, before the season even started, Idaho lost them both to injury. First, Mike underwent hernia surgery and would miss the first 4 weeks of the season (and wasn't 100% until later in the season). Then, a week before the season opener, Idaho lost Luke to a torn ACL for the 2002 campaign. Idaho would have to turn to JC transfer Kelly Nead (recruited to Idaho as a DE) and true freshman Keith Greer out of Mater Dei High School (CA). Both performed admirably, with Kelly starting the first 10 games of the season and Greer playing in 10 games (Kelly caught 11 passes for 144 yards with a long of 32 yards).

For 2003, hopes are again high for the Vandals at Tightend. The Vandals have 3 players coming back in Nead, McCoy and Smith-Anderson with starting experience, and the table should be set for a deep rotation. Keith Greer is getting a look at Fullback this spring, but sophomore Tyler Scott has stepped in and played admirably this spring. As luck would have it, both McCoy and Smith-Anderson have been held out of spring drills to nurse injuries (neither will be available for the Spring Game), but both should be back next fall.

Returning starters listed in BOLD
Players with starting experience (+) listed below starters
All remaining players listed by class
Michael McCoy, 6-2, 242, Sr
Kelly Nead, 6-4, 252, Sr

Luke Smith-Anderson, 6-5, 250, So
Tyler Scott, 6-3, 260, So
Colin Whitney, 6-5, 225, True-Fr

Mike McCoy
6-2, 242, Senior
King City High School
King City, CA

The battle continues between senior Brian Lindgren who started 10 games last year before a season ending injury against North Texas, and redshirt sophomore Michael Harrington, who started the last game of the season. Both have had their fair share of successes and struggles this spring, and both should be in full form for Friday's spring finale. In last weekend's scrimmage, Lindgren went 13 of 25 for 183 yards and a TD. Harrington went 15 of 21 for 328 yards and 3 TDs. Should be fun!

Redshirt freshman Drew Pearce (a walk-on out of Walla Walla, WA) is still working with the quarterbacks this spring, but has not yet (to our knowledge) participated in either of the scrimmages. Joining the depth chart next fall will be freshman Brian Nooy, while classmate, freshman Chris Joseph, has been rumored to be grey-shirting next year.

Returning starters listed in BOLD
Players with starting experience (+) listed below starters
All remaining players listed by class
Brian Lindgren, 6-4, 208, Sr
(+)Michael Harrington, 6-3, 194, So
*Drew Pearce, 6-4, 206, RS-Fr
Chris Joseph, 6-3, 195, True-Fr
Brian Nooy, 6-2, 184, True-Fr

Brian Lindgren
6-4, 208, Senior
DeSales High School
Walla Walla, WA

Scanning the Defense...

...Senior Kody Kraus (6-3, 237), a 10 game starter at Defensive End last fall, has moved back to DE after getting a look at linebacker this spring. Last weekend he worked with the first unit defense for part of the scrimmage.

...In part because of injuries (senior Chad Kodama and sophomore Mike Anderson will not be playing in the Spring Game), and in part because of experimentation, sophomore Nate Nichols (6-2, 210) and JC transfer Curtis Bibolet (6-3, 215, Jr) are currently getting some work with the Linebackers, moving up from their Safety positions. Nate got a look at moving up to LB last fall, and got some work with the first unit defense last weekend.

...Redshirt freshman Brandon Mascorro (5-9, 179), had a hamstring injury during the first couple weeks of spring drills and saw limited action. However, he practiced last week and scrimmaged, and will be available for the spring game.

...The battle for starting kicking duties is still largely in the air. Senior Brian Pope and redshirt freshman Mike Barrow have been reportedly performing the most consistently (both were good on fieldgoals of approximately 30 yards in last weekend's scrimmage), but sophomore Sam Parry out of Nampa is right there in the thick of things (he missed a 29 yarder, but was perfect on 2 PATs). This is another battle that likely won't be determined until fall.

...Very quietly Idaho picked up a JC transfer punter in Derek Booth out of Sunnyside, WA (Mesa Community College). Returning starter, senior Ryan Downes, continues to be an outstanding punter for Idaho, with an impressive average of 48 yards in 4 punts during last weekend's scrimmage. In his first scrimmage at Idaho, Derek punted twice for an average of 38 yards. We will certainly keep our eyes open on his development.

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