Position battles all around

THE VANDALS START THE PROCESS of transitioning into full pads. Few positions are "locked up" at this point, including what is shaping up to be a lively battle for starting quarterback. Returning starter CHAD CHALICH (11) is back under center, but redshirt freshman Matt Linehan and true freshman Jake Luton are getting heavy reps. Gaylen Wood was on hand and files these images from the action.

The Vandals were aggressive this off-season adding size and talent to the defensive line, including the addition of Idaho basketball center #88 Roberto Asencio (6-9, 275) to the mix.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Linehan (6-3, 202) is getting extensive reps under center as the Vandals prepare for the season opener at Florida. Coach Petrino made it clear that both Chalich and Linehan could see action in the opener as he looks for a leader to step forward.

Much anticipated wide receiver recruit, #7 Jermaine Johnson (6-4, 190) will use his excellent size and sub-4.5-40 speed to battle for immediate playing time in the wide receiver rotation.

True freshman quarterback Jake Luton (6-6, 218) has already impressed the coaching staff and is earning significant reps in the QB battle.

Slowed for much of spring camp, Juan Martinez, Idaho's returning starter at middle linebacker, is in a heavy competition to retain his starting role.

Two of Idaho's new defensive linemen for 2014, #15 Glen Antoine (6-4, 354) and #97 Max Martial (6-4, 320) were in for spring camp (although Antoine battled an injury for most of camp) and are expected to factor heavily into the rotation this fall.

The team is just now transitioning into full pads, but junior college transfer tailback #6 Elijhaa Penny (6-2, 254) is making an impact.

Senior #94 Marius Burgsmueller (6-6, 265), with a deep Vandal interior defensive line, can now focus his attention on defensive end for the 2014 season.

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