Baker honored; Idaho inks series with Wyoming

THIS WEEK VANDAL FANS learned that senior tailback JAMES BAKER has been honored by being invited to participate in the Medal of Honor Bowl this Saturday at 11 A.M. (PT) at Johnson Hagood Stadium at The Citadel at Charleston, S.C. In addition, the University of Wyoming announced a home-and-home series with Idaho that starts in 2018 in Moscow, with the return game in Laramie in 2019.

The following is an official press release from University of Idaho Athletic Media Relations.

James Baker, who played running back for the University of Idaho the past two seasons, has been selected to compete in the Medal of Honor Bowl – an all-star game for draft-eligible seniors.

Baker is one of three running backs competing for the National Team, which is led by head coach Chan Gailey with assistants Bob Valesente, Ethan Horton, Kevin Patullo, Donnie Woods, John Bock, Matt Hartle, and Bobby Cremins. Each team is composed of 50 players from across the nation. The majority of the players are from FBS and FCS programs, although select players of other divisions are invited.

The Medal of Honor Bowl kicks off Saturday at 11 A.M. (PT) at Johnson Hagood Stadium at The Citadel at Charleston, S.C. the game benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and the Medal of Honor Museum.

Baker, a native of Deerfield, Fla., finished his career at Idaho with 983 rushing yards and 1,236 all-purpose yards. He had his best game as a Vandal with 150 yards on 23 carries at Arkansas State in 2013. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark later in the season with 114 yards on 24 carries against Texas State.

Vandals to renew series with the Wyoming Cowboys in 2018 and 2019

Despite the close proximity of the University of Wyoming to the University of Idaho, the two schools have only met seven times since 1921. The Vandals won that first meeting 31-3 in a game played in Boise. Since then the Pokes have had Idaho's number, winning twice in Moscow (1950 and 2012), and four times in Laramie (1951, 1996, 1999, and 2013).

Per the Wyoming press release, the teams will start the home-and-home meeting in Moscow in 2018, with the return game in Laramie scheduled for 2019.

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James Baker carrying the rock against Wyoming in Moscow (2012).

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