Final preparations for Ohio

WITH THE 2015 SEASON OPENER right around the corner, Idaho wrapped up fall camp last weekend and is hard at work implementing the game plan for the Ohio Bobcats. Idaho opens the season at home for the first time since 2012, and the tilt against the Bobcats will be televised LIVE on ESPN3 with a 6pm PST kickoff.

begins its final preparation for the season opener in which the Vandals host the Ohio Bobcats out of the Mid-American Conference. The Vandals lost last fall to the Bobcats 36-24 in Athens, Ohio, and with a win on September 3rd (6pm PST kickoff) the Vandals could even the all-time series at two wins apiece.

Below are images from last weekend's practice in the Dome while fires raged in the region. Several prominent players who will be major factors this fall were held out of contact drills, including OL Jordan Rose, DL Ryan Edwards, and DE Quinton Bradley. All three (and a few others nursing bumps and bruises) were at practice and working with the team as the youngsters and newcomers got a few more reps.

Junior Glen Antoine, at 6-foot-4 and 325-pounds, is coming off a redshirt season and is the top backup at noseguard behind senior Ryan Edwards.

Player's view of Antoine just before the snap.

True sophomore Zach Cable (6-3, 265) is coming off a solid off-season and is earning reps at strongside defensive end. In the background starting senior defensive end Quinton Bradley (43) was held out of Saturday's practice.

Senior starting strongside linebacker (SAM) Chris Edwards in drills.

Redshirt sophomore runningback Doug Coman out of Woodland, California running hard and pushing for playing time in a deep runningback rotation.

True freshman offensive lineman Zion Dixon (6-4, 313) our of Coeur d'Alene has been impressive throughout fall camp and will be pushing for playing time this fall.

First year Idaho defensive line coach KENNY HOLMES comes to Idaho from the University of San Diego. He knows a thing or two about playing defensive line as well. A graduate of the University of Miami, he was taken in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by Tennessee. As the franchise's first draft choice in its inaugural season, he tied for the team lead in sacks and was selected for the All-Rookie team. In 1999 Holmes helped lead the Tennessee Titans franchise to its first and only Super Bowl (XXXIV), and in 2003 helped lead the New York Giants to the playoffs. After seven successful seasons in the NFL, Holmes retired as a leading defensive end with a career total of 289 tackles and 39 sacks.

PRESENT AND FUTURE: Idaho's linebacking unit will include senior Chris Edwards (6-2, 215) starting at SAM and true freshman Kaden Elliss (6-3, 216) getting plenty of reps this fall at WILL.

Junior college transfer defensive end Johnny Stuart (6-4, 272) working for a spot in the defensive end rotation.

TOUGH TO KEEP OFF THE FIELD: True freshman wide receiver Jante Boston has impressed the coaching staff in camp and should see his playing time increase as the season progresses.

Junior college transfer defensive end Garren Jackson (6-3, 225) arrived in time for fall camp and will be competing for immediate playing time this fall.

Senior cornerback Jayshawn Jordan, an athlete with three years of starting experience under his belt has been solid in spring and fall camps and will factor heavily into the cornerback rotation this fall.

ANTICIPATED ARRIVAL: Junior college transfer tightend Khalin Smith (6-5, 245) began working with the offense last week and is expected to see his role in the Vandal offense increase as the season progresses.

THE WORK HORSE: Starting strongside defensive end Tueni Lupeamanu, a 6-foot-1, 305-pound junior out of Utah, is coming off a 2014 season in which he played in 10 games and started one.

Senior runningback Elijhaa Penny (6-2, 234) leads an Idaho ground attack with more depth this fall.

Although starting Vandal noseguard, senior Ryan "Big Uso" Edwards (6-3, 323), was held out of Saturday's practice he will factor heavily into Idaho's success this fall as a team leader.

Newcomer Kevin White (6-4, 263), a JC transfer out of Monroe College, is battling for playing time at defensive end.

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