FALL CAMP Gets Into Gear

Last Saturday the Idaho Vandals cranked up Fall Camp and as the first full week comes to a close position battles are heating up. With a record number of Idaho athletes spending the summer in Moscow (and clearly beginning to utilize the Iverson Strength and Speed Center to its full potential), combined with an influx of new recruits, the team is taking on a new look.

Position battle are just underway (full gear practices just started Wednesday) so it's a bit early to report who is winning which battles. But the vast majority of the team reported to camp in outstanding condition, meaning competition across the board will be heating up fast.

That said, there is of course a number of things to report....



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Ernest Davis
6-6, 270, Sr
Big cat back in the mix... Earlier this year it looked like redshirt senior DE Ernest Davis would be hanging up the cleats and missing his senior season after missing much of the 2004 season with an injury. Now, it looks like that may not necessarily be the case. In fact, he's bulked up (at 6-6, we estimate he's tipping the scale at 270 pounds) and reported to Camp last weekend. New recruits Charles Campbell (6-3, 230, JC transfer), Bryan Braman (6-5, 220), and Josh Shaw (6-3, 230) also reported Saturday and will be working with the defensive ends this fall. Campbell is the most likely to see immediate playing time, but Braman and Shaw bring great size and speed to the depth chart and could see time immediately as true freshmen.


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Josh Shaw
6-3, 230, Tr-Fr
Bryan Braman
6-5, 220, Tr-Fr
Charles Campbell
6-3, 230, Jr



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Hank Therien
6-7, 322, Jr
Offensive Line gets a BIG boost... One of Idaho's top offensive linemen going into the 2004 season, Hank Therien (6-7, 322) ended up battling injuries most of the season and was limited in his ability to perform. Although he missed spring camp, Hank is back in the fold and in solid form for 2005...which is a good thing for Idaho given the youth in the depth chart. Out for the year is center Jarrod Schulte (6-3, 265) who was recently declared academically ineligible for '05. Fortunately redshirt freshman Adam Korby (6-2, 285, 2004 Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year) took most of the snaps with the #1 offense during spring drills and will be battling for the starting job this fall.

An influx of talented freshmen could see there names hit the Vandals 2-deep depth chart again this fall (2 true freshmen started/played OL for Idaho in '04). Among them Billy Bates (6-5, 275) and Bryce Sinclair (6-5, 315) have been seen working at tackle, while Adam Juratovac (6-3, 275) and Irvin Stevens (6-2, 276) have been working the interior of the Vandal offensive line. From sources close to the program it's apparent this group is going to be a good one in the years ahead. None are particularly standing out at the moment, but all are making good progress. Suffice it to say that it will be a young depth chart this year.


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Billy Bates
6-5, 275, Tr-Fr
Bryce Sinclair
6-5, 315, Tr-Fr
Adam Juratovac
6-3, 275, Tr-Fr


We know of at least 2 players who are getting serious looks on both sides of the ball. As expected, incoming freshman athlete Jason Brown (6-2, 200) out of powerhouse Long Beach Poly has been getting looks at running back and defensive back. However, a new twist is JC transfer wide receiver / return specialist DeAngelo Ramsey (6-2, 210), a speedster out of California, getting a look at CB and safety as well WR this fall. He was a 2-way starter (CB/WR) in high school, is tied for the school record of interceptions in a single game, and ran track in high school and college (specializing in 100 and 200 meter sprints). And speaking of speed, in the hunt for playing time this fall will be a couple freshmen who were among the state of California's fastest athletes this past spring. Wesley Williams (6-0, 180) placed 2nd in the 2005 California 200 meter State Championship finals, while in 2004 he recorded a 4.31 - 40 at the NIKE Fastest 40 competition at USC. Keith Charles (5-9, 170) was a member of the Dorsey 4x100 meter relay team which took the California State Championships in May with the FIFTH fastest time in the nation. Both athletes are likely to get a serious look at playing time this fall at cornerback.


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Wesley Williams
6-0, 180, Tr-Fr
Keith Charles
5-9, 170, Tr-Fr
Jason Brown
6-2, 200, Tr-Fr

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