NEW HEAD GEAR: The University of Idaho tweeted out this afternoon that new head gear will be used for Saturday's game against Texas State.
This Saturday 12 Idaho seniors will play in their last game in Vandal gear when they take on the Texas State Bobcats at 2:00 PM in the Kibbie Dome (the game will be aired LIVE on ESPN3). Vandal fans will note a change in Idaho's head gear Saturday as the program will be unveiling matte Vegas Gold helmets with gray face masks for Senior Day.
It's the first time Idaho has changed its helmet color since 2012, and a change we're looking forward to seeing in action this weekend.
Amid the struggles of a coaching change and a substantial rebuilding effort under head coach Paul Petrino, this group stuck together and created a solid nucleus to start rebuilding the team around. With one game left this group has already delivered most wins at Idaho in a single season since 2010. The group includes conference leaders on both sides of the ball, and the program will lose four team captains (Bradley, Penny, Sandberg and Westlake) and a ton of experience when time expires.
At the end of the day the group provided leadership throughout the 2015 season and established a solid foundation for the future at Idaho.
Below is a brief summary for each senior.
#92 DE Kaylyn Ayers - The 6-foot-2, 262-pound strongside defensive end transferred into the Idaho program last fall out of West Los Angeles College (a product of Fremont, California), and this season has seen his playing time spike. Through 10 games he's recorded 20 tackles, five tackles for loss, and has been credited with 1.5 sacks on the season. Add to that two forced fumbles, and Ayers has elevated his game to become an integral part of the defensive end rotation.
#43 DE Quinton Bradley - When Bradley signed with Idaho in 2011 as a high school senior, expectations soared for the standout out of San Antonio, Texas. Five years later (Bradley redshirted the 2011 season), the senior captain has not disappointed and this fall leads the Sun Belt Conference with 15 tackles for loss on the year (No.27 national rank), and is Idaho's No.5 tackler with 50 take downs on the season, six sacks, six pass breakups and six passes defensed. Last weekend at Auburn he even lined up in the offensive backfield and hauled in a pass inside the 5-yard line from Matt Linehan.
#24 LB Chris Edwards - One of the top recruits of the 2014 recruiting class, Edwards joined the program last fall out of Butte College (a product of Detroit, Michigan) and earned an immediate starting role at strong safety. This spring he made the transition up to SAM linebacker and this season has started at both linebacker and free safety. The versatile athlete is Idaho's No.3 tackler on the season with 62 tackles (49 solo), eight tackles for loss, one sack, one pick, three pass breakups, four passes defensed and one forced fumble.
#8 NG Ryan Edwards - One of the gems of the 2010 recruiting class, Edwards grayshirted the 2010 season, redshirted the 2011 season, and began make an impact as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and started two games for the Vandals (BYU and Utah State). A graduate of football powerhouse Long Beach Poly High School (Calif.), the 6-foot-3, 323-pound mauler known among friends as "Big Uso" has been a foundation on the Vandal D-Line as its starting noseguard this year and a nine game starter (25 tackles, three tackles for loss).
#31 DB Terry Johnson - The 5-foot-9, 164-pound athlete out of New Orleans (Grace King High School) joined the Idaho program this year and competed for playing time in the defensive backfield and on special teams.
#45 FB Jake Manley - The 6-foot-0, 243-pound product of Salmon River High School and Riggins, Idaho concludes a career at Idaho in which he transformed himself from an invited walkon to Idaho's starting fullback and a blocking machine out of the Vandal backfield. When not laying down blocks to create running space for Penny and Idaho's other tailbacks, Manley also hauled in five passes for 34 yards this fall.
#23 LB Marc Millan - One of Idaho's most productive linebackers the last three season, Millan joined the program in 2013 as a sophomore out of Santa Ana College (a product of Mission Viejo High School in California) and earned an immediate starting role. One of the top solo tacklers in the country the two previous seasons, Millan this year has lined up at WILL and SAM and started nine games for the Vandals. For the year he has 57 tackles (42 solo), two tackles for loss, two picks, two forced fumbles and two passes defensed.
#22 RB Elijhaa Penny - Idaho's senior captain tailback has played in all 11 games so far this season and is the first Vandal to gain 1000 yards in a season since Deonte Jackson did it in 2007. Penny joined the Vandals last fall out of Cerritos College and is a product of Lakewood High School. On 221 carries Penny has gained 1010 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and scored eight touchdowns for Idaho. Nationally he's ranked No.35 between Notre Dame's C.J. Prosise and Pittsburg's Qadree Ollison, and he's also No.40 in yards per game (92.2 yards per game). Forced to the sidelines in the first quarter last week against Auburn, Penny will be back for senior night this Saturday against Texas State.
#55 OG Dallas Sandberg - The senior statesman on the offensive lineman for the Vandals, Sandberg signed with Idaho out of Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott (Ariz.) in 2010, grayshirted, then redshirted before making an impact in 2011 as a redshirt freshman. Named a captain this year by his peers, Sandberg has started every game this season for the Vandals at quick guard.
#66 OT Jeff Travillion - The 6-foot-3, 301-pound senior joined the Idaho program last fall out of Highland Community College and is a product of Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas. One of the top signees of the 2014 recruiting class, Travillion has started three games and played in all 11 for Idaho this year at quick tackle next to Sandberg.
#10 LB Broc Westlake - The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder joined the Vandals in 2013 as a sophomore out of Sierra College (a product of Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada) and this fall secured his place as Idaho's starting middle linebacker and was named a captain for the 2015 season. Through the first 11 games Westlake leads Idaho with 77 tackles (41 solo), three tackles for loss, one QB hurry and one recovered fumble.
#87 WR Achilles Wynn - The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder joined the program last fall out of Skagit Valley Community College (a product of Burlington-Edison High School in Washington), and this year has earned a starting role on several special teams units.