Saluting Idaho's senior class

FOR 19 IDAHO SENIORS, Saturday afternoon will be their last game in the Kibbie Dome (Idaho vs Troy, broadcast LIVE on ESPN3, 2PM PST KICKOFF). Several in this class are among the best in the Sun Belt Conference and are nationally ranked, led by wide receiver JOSH MCCAIN, center MIKE MARBOE, and defensive tackle QUAYSHAWNE BUCKLEY. We thank this class for their commitment to the Idaho program.

RB Jerrel Brown - Brown joined the Vandal program last fall as a junior college transfer and made an immediate impact in the tailback rotation. This season Brown has led Idaho's rushing attack gaining 503 yards on 102 carries over eight games. He's scored three touchdowns, has a long run of 34 yards, and averages 60.9 yards per game.

DT Quayshawne Buckley - The Vandals learned over the off-season that Buckley was eligible to return for one more season at Idaho, and the senior interior defensive lineman (who originally signed with Washington State) has put together an impressive final season in Moscow. Through the first nine games he's No.2 on the team in tackles with 56 total (40 solo). He leads Idaho with 13 tackles for loss, including four sacks on the year. Nationally, his 1.4 tackles for loss per game is good enough to be ranked fifth heading into Saturday's game. He's been every bit the presence Idaho needed on the defensive interior this fall.

DE Marius Burgsmueller - An athlete who joined the Idaho program out of Germany, Burgsmueller played immediately as a freshman when he took over as the starting long-snapper for Idaho. He held that role for two consecutive years while also working in the defensive end and defensive tackle rotations. His best career game came in 2012 as a sophomore when he recorded four tackles at North Carolina. This season Burgsmueller has played in six games for the Vandals.

OT Jesse Davis - The big senior out of tiny Asotin (Wash.) has managed to make an impact on both sides of the line of scrimmage for the Vandals. Over the first two years of his playing career he started at defensive tackle for Idaho. Over the last two years he has moved over to the offensive side of the ball where he has worked as starter at offensive tackle for the Vandals. Through the first nine games in 2014 Davis has started the last seven games for Idaho where he has worked at Quick Tackle.

WR Chris Featherstone - Joined the program last fall as a transfer out of College of the Desert (Palm Desert, CA) where he caught four touchdown passes and had 636 yards receiving in two seasons.

DE Maxx Forde - In 2010 Forde pulled a signing day stunner when he changed his commitment from Washington State and signed instead with the University of Idaho. Since then he's developed into a team leader, and this season was picked a Defensive Team Captain. A three year starter at defensive end for the Vandals, this season Forde has started eight games while playing in all nine and has 31 tackles on the season. He's No.4 on the team with six tackles for loss, and has added four quarterback hurries, forced a fumble, and recovered a fumble.

S Tom Hennessey - The son of former Vandal legendary linebacker Tom Hennessey, the younger Hennessey is a former invited walkon who has worked his way up to being named the Special Teams Captain this fall while also earning a couple starts at free safety. So far on this season he is 10th on the team with 31 total tackles (21 solo) and also has a recovered fumble to his name.

OL Sione Maile - The Vandals picked up a late addition to the program in 2013 when Maile joined the program that June. He went on to start three games for the Vandals and playing in five total at offensive guard. This fall Maile has played extensively in the offensive line rotation, working at both guard positions.

C Mike Marboe - Idaho's 2014 Offensive Team Captain, Marboe has started 45 consecutive games at Idaho - every game he's been eligible to play in. A three-time Rimington Trophy Watch List honoree, Marboe graduated from high school a semester early and was able to join the Idaho program in the spring of 2010. He's been on the field every game of every season since his redshirt freshman year in 2011.

LB Juan Martinez - The Vandals needed athletes that could make an immediate impact at linebacker in the 2013 recruiting class, and got that in a group that included junior college transfer Juan Martinez. Last fall Martinez started all 12 games for the Vandals and finished with 50 tackles on the year. He suffered an injury that slowed him down this spring but has played in seven games this season and has a forced fumble while working in the rotation and playing on special teams.

WR Joshua McCain - Although McCain joined the Vandal program last year as a quarterback out of the junior college ranks, his transition to wide receiver this year has been remarkable. So far his 987 receiving yards on the season is No.1 in the Sun Belt and eighth nationally, his 109.7 yards per game is No.1 in the SBC and ninth nationally, his 7.3 receptions per game leads the SBC and is ninth nationally, and his eight touchdowns leads the SBC and is 11th nationally. Obviously his intention was to play quarterback for the Vandals (and he get his reps in 2013 before going down with a season ending injury), but the level to which he is helping the team this fall after making a position change in his last season in the program is remarkable.

DB Bradley Njoku - The senior out of Texas joined the Vandals in the fall of 2011 and began his Idaho career immediately as a true freshman. A safety for most of his Vandal career, this past spring he made the transition to cornerback where he has started every game this year for Idaho. This season he's No.3 on the team with 53 tackles (39 solo), has two interceptions, has broken up three passes and has five pass defenses overall (No.1 on the team).

RB Kris Olugbode - The Vandals were seeking immediate help last fall at runningback and Olugbode delivered, signing with the Vandals in December and playing in all 12 games last fall. For the season he gained 96 yards on 28 carries and added another 55 receiving yards. This year he's gained 124 yards on 25 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

RB Delency Parham - In 2013 Parham joined the Vandals out of Santa Barbara City College where he earned All-Pacific Conference honors for a sophomore season in which he led the state of California with 20 pass breakups and also picked off two passes. At Idaho he made an immediate impact, playing in nine games for the Vandals in 2013 and starting four, where he finished with 20 tackles and two pass breakups. This season through the first nine games Parham has played in eight with 16 tackles, two pass breakups and two passes defensed while seeing significant time in the CB rotation.

TE Justin Podrabsky - An Idaho native and graduate of nearby Lewiston High, Podrabsky joined the Vandals originally as a quarterback and was named the Scout Team Player of the Year during his redshirt season in 2010. But at 6-foot-7 the potential he brought to the field as a tightend could not be overlooked. He spent the next couple years transitioning into his new position and saw his playing time increase during his junior season. This fall J-Pod has 34 catches on the season (many of them clutch catches to keep a drive alive) for 304 yards with a long of 20 yards and one touchdown.

LB James Randall - Signed with Idaho in 2009 and grayshirted the season then went on to redshirt the 2010 season. Picked up as a defensive back, he played in 10 games primarily on special teams during his redshirt freshman season (2011). As a sophomore he made the move to linebacker but suffered a season ending injury in 2012 fall camp. Slowed by injuries for most of the last two seasons, Randall has still seen reps on special teams and in the linebacker rotation.

DE Anthony Rice - Last fall the Vandals needed help on the defensive line and got it when Rice joined the program out of the junior college ranks. For 2013 he played in 11 games and recorded 11 tackles on the year. This season, with his trademark hair flying behind him, Rice has recorded five tackles while playing in eight games on the season, including making his first start of the season last week at San Diego State. He has one sack this season and also has a quarterback hurry.

CB Joseph Smith - With one year of eligibility left at the University of Utah and a degree under his belt, cornerback Joseph Smith made the decision to transfer to the University of Idaho where he enrolled in graduate school. A key addition to Idaho's defensive backfield, Smith has recorded 10 tackles in nine games this season, including starting three games at safety and working as a nickel back (one pass breakup, one pass defensed, and one QB hurry on the year).

LB Eric Tuipulotu - The Vandals signed Tuipulotu in the early signing period last year and he joined the program in time for spring drills, then went on to play in 12 games in 2013, including starting seven games on the season. He finished last season with 54 tackles (38 solo), forced a fumble and picked off a pass. This season Eric has played in nine games in a competitive linebacker rotation, and has nine tackles on the season and one fumble recovery.

OL Nick Von Rotz - A transfer out of Butte College in 2012, Von Rotz redshirted his first season at Idaho and then went on to start 11 games at strong tackle last year as a junior while playing in all 12 games on the season. This season Von Rotz has started two games at quick tackle and played extensively in the offensive line rotation.


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