Gone, But Not Forgotten

The season is over, but we at VandalVenue.com would like to take this opportunity to thank the 24 seniors (from around the nation) who chose to play college football for the University of Idaho Vandals.

For 24 seniors, this last November 22 marked the end of their college football careers in Moscow. This class ended the season on a superb note, beating Utah State 20-13 in the friendly confines of The Dome. The week before, they earned one of Idaho's biggest margin-of-victory road wins in at least 4 years, trouncing Louisiana-Monroe 58-20. For all the team's struggles this season, they showed their pride by playing through the adversity of a difficult season to end on a high note.

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Vandal offensive line creates pocket against Washington, September 20, 2003.

Looking back, as the University worked to develop its football program the past 4 years and posture itself for continued future growth (including the soon-to-be-completed new weight room, and authorization to build lighted artificial turf practice fields in 2004), this class took on one of the most aggressive 4-year scheduling campaigns at Idaho in decades. This class routinely opened its seasons with consecutive games on the road at national powers Washington, Oregon, and Washington State, with trips to West Virginia and Arizona (among others) thrown in for good measure.

Even so, this class was a part of some thrilling ball-games, including beating Washington State in 2000 and San Diego State in Moscow in 2002, plus the unbelieveable 70-58 loss to Middle Tennessee State in 2001 that set several national and UI records, and Idaho's 28 point come-from-behind victory at New Mexico State this season. This group was also part of many Idaho struggles the past 4 years, including enduring frustrating losses to arch-rival Boise State.

Of these 24 seniors, 15 came to Idaho as freshmen (Downes, Howard, Lampos and McCoy were part of Coach Cable's first recruiting class in 2000, ending their careers as true seniors). In all, 14 seniors were starters for most of the 2003 season (7 on offense, 5 on defense, 2 on special teams). Players who can expect to see their names in the Vandal record books include senior QB Brian Lindgren (several career and single game marks, including 637 passing yards in a single game against MTSU) and punter Ryan Downes (most punting yards in a career).

Six members of this class were named to the Sun Belt All-Conference team, while offensive tackle Jake Scott prepares to play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic.

Below is the complete list of Vandal seniors. We wish them the best of luck wherever life leads them in the future (possibly the NFL for a few), and once again thank them for their commitment to the Idaho program.

Rod Bryant, CB, 6-1, 180, Fort Washington, MD (Firendly HS)
Jason Cobb, OG, 6-4, 298, Kennewick, WA (Kennewick HS)
Ryan Downes, P, 6-6, 225, Casper, WY (Kelly Walsh HS)
Zach Gerstner, RB, 5-11, 207, Canby, OR (Canby HS)
Jedidiah Getzlaff, S, 5-9, 186, Driggs, ID (Teton HS)
Brian Howard, DT, 6-3, 287, Kent, WA (Kent-Meridian HS)
Jason Jones, OG, 6-4, 314, Van Nuys, CA (Van Nuys HS)
Chad Kodama, LB, 6-3, 234, Seattle, WA (Roosevelt HS)
Kody Kraus, DE, 6-3, 236, Rexburg, ID (Madison HS)
Jordan Lampos, FB, 5-10, 238, Westlake Village, CA (Westlake HS)
Patrick Libey, LB, 6-1, 240, Veradale, WA (Central Valley HS)
Brian Lindgren, QB, 6-4, 208, Walla Walla, WA (Desales HS)
Matt Martinez, C, 6-2, 304, Wenatchee, WA (Wenatchee HS)
Mike McCoy, TE, 6-3, 252, King City, CA (King City HS)
Darryl Murphy, S, 5-11, 185, Palmdale, CA (Palmdale HS)
Kelly Nead, TE, 6-4, 252, Driggs, ID (Teton HS)
Robert Ortega, S, 6-1, 200, Alta Loma, CA (Alta Loma HS)
Brian Pope, K, 6-2, 203, Colton, CA (Colton HS)
Jake Scott, OT, 6-5, 283, Lewiston, ID (Lewiston HS)
Malfred Shaw, RB, 5-10, 210, West Sacramento, CA (River City HS)
Kyle Stewart, OG, 6-3, 296, Kent, WA (Kentridge HS)
Cedric Thompson, KOR/WR, 5-8, 175, Denver, CO (Thomas Jefferson HS)
Chad Troxel, S, 5-6, 175, Coeur D' Alene, ID (Lake City HS)
Orlando Winston, WR, 6-0, 187, Seattle, WA (Garfield HS)

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