Seniors To Be Honored Saturday

This Saturday's WAC battle against Louisiana Tech will mark the final home football game for 16 Vandal seniors. The class hails from four states, with five athletes from the state of Idaho including defensive tackle Jeff Edwards of Coeur d'Alene. We provide a brief look at the class, including a look into career stats for each player while at Idaho.

Senior linebackers Cole Snyder, Nate Nichols, and Mike Anderson at UNLV.

#13 Mike Anderson, 6-3, 238, Linebacker
Lewiston High School (Lewiston, ID)
One of four Idaho natives in this class to walkon at Idaho and complete their eligibility in Moscow, Mike is one of the most decorated of the group. As a redshirt freshman in 2002 Mike began making his impact on the Idaho defense seeing significant playing time throughout the season. As a sophomore in 2003 Mike led the Vandals in tackles (104 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception) as an outside linebacker and was poised for a solid junior season. But depth issues at defensive end (and the expectation that he would fit in well on the defensive line) forced Mike to move to defensive end as a junior in 2004. A player that puts team first, Mike made the move, started every game, and even earned Sun Belt Player of the Week once, but saw his impact decline sharply (32 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 3 recovered fumbles). With depth up front reinforced, and the need for Mike to make a bigger impact, Anderson made the move back to linebacker and has split time with sophomore David Vobora all season. He's come on particularly strong as the season has progressed, earning WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week #5, and is currently the team's #4 tackler on the year (50 tackles). He has 3 QB hurries and 1 recovered fumble with 1 interception – an impressive pick that Mike returned 71 yards to the house to seal Idaho's Homecoming victory over Utah State. A three sport star in high school – football, basketball and track – Mike set the state record in the 400 meters, and was part of the state record holding 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 teams.

#48 Tim Bertalot, 6-1, 248, H-Back
Central Catholic High School (Portland, OR)
Tim joined the Vandals out of Central Catholic High School in 2001 and redshirted the season. He came to Idaho as a linebacker, and saw spot duty as a redshirt freshman working at inside linebacker. As a sophomore Tim moved up to defensive end, and eventually worked in at defensive tackle as the season progressed (five tackles on the year with 2 QB sacks). Last fall (2004), as a junior and part-time starter, Tim saw his playing time increase despite the size he gave up as a defensive tackle at 250 pounds (he finished the year with six tackles on the year, 1 sack, and 1 pass breakup). This summer Tim made the move to H-back, a position similar to the tightend position he played occasionally in high school. At Central Catholic Tim earned All Conference honors at defensive end three consecutive years, and the team's defensive player of the year as a junior and senior.

#99 Mike Bonelli, 6-2, 241, Defensive End
St. Bonaventure High School (Ventura, CA)
Recruited in 2001, Mike redshirted his first season at Idaho. He has seen his playing steadily increase over the years, and this season has started every game for the Vandals as a strongside defensive end. For the year he has 26 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble on the year. Last season, as the Vandals faced serious depth issues at defensive tackle, Mike moved inside from his end position – no small task considering at 240 pounds he may have been the lightest defensive tackle in America. Through 8 games he recorded nine tackles, including 1 tackle for loss. With the DT depth shored up this season, Mike has been able to focus his efforts on defensive end throughout the season and is enjoying the best season of his career in Moscow. Mike had a stellar high school career, including being named the California Interscholastic Federation Defensive Player of the Year and the Ventura County Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior. He also was named first team all Tri County and was chosen to play in the California-Florida All Star Game.

#2 Herb Cash, 5-11, 180, Cornerback
Long Beach Cabrillo High School (Long Beach, CA)
Herb joined the Vandals as a JC transfer out of Compton Community College in 2004 and earned immediate playing time last fall in the Idaho secondary (14 tackles, 1 sack and 1 interception). One of the fastest members of the team (and a member of Idaho's track team), Herb has played extensively this season at both cornerback positions. Through 7 games he has eight tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass breakup.

#55 Eric Davis, 6-3, 255, Interior Defensive Lineman
Westchester High School (Los Angeles, CA)
Joined the Vandals as a JC transfer out of LA Southwest College with his twin brother, Ernest, in 2003 and redshirted his first year at Idaho. Last season Eric saw a steady increase in his playing time and finished the year with eight tackles, 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery as well as two QB hurries, one pass deflection, and one blocked kick. This season Eric has rotated in extensively on the interior defensive line, particularly at nose guard, and in 4 games has registered five tackles and a quarterback sack.

#90 Ernest Davis, 6-6, 265, Defensive End
Westchester High School (Los Angeles, CA)
Ernest joined the Vandals as a JC transfer out of LA Soutwest College with his twin bother, Eric, in 2003 and redshirted his first year at Idaho. Despite his impressive size, Ernest has battled injuries throughout his career with the Vandals which have kept him on the sidelines in Moscow.

#63 Jeff Edwards, 6-3, 267, Defensive Lineman
Lake City High School (Coeur d'Alene, ID)
Jeff was recruited to Idaho out of Coeur d'Alene High School in 2001 and redshirted his first season with the Vandals. Like the rest of this class that joined the Vandals out of high school, Jeff saw his playing time steadily increase as his career continued. By his junior year (2004) Jeff had cracked the starting lineup and was a major contributor at defensive tackle (21 tackles, four tackles for losss, 1 QB sack). This season, Jeff is the most seasoned veteran on the line, and his performance as Idaho's starting tackle has been impressive with 18 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack and one, QB hurry. As a senior at Lake City High School Jeff was chosen the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Border League and earned First Team All-State recognition.

#24 Lawrence Guynes, 6-2, 180, Cornerback/Safety
Garey High School (Pomona, CA)
Lawrence joined the Vandals as a JC transfer out of Citrus Junior College in 2004 and has worked as both a cornerback and safety over the past two seasons. Last year he played in 12 games and finished with seven tackles. This year (participating on special teams and rotating in at safety and cornerback) Lawrence has played in 7 games with nine tackles on the year. As a senior at Garey High School Lawrence was chosen to play in the California Interscholastic Federation all-star game.

#7 Michael Harrington, 6-4, 208, Quarterback
Central Catholic High School (Portland, OR)
Joined the Vandals in 2001 out of Catholic High School and redshirted his first season at Idaho. Michael saw spot-duty as a redshirt freshman, then won the starting job as a sophomore in 2003 over then-senior Brian Lindgren to start the season. Midway through the season Lindgren regained his starting job, but Mike finished the year with 996 yards and 5 touchdowns. As a junior last year (2004) Michael claimed sole possession of the reigns and started all 12 games for the Vandals, ending the year with 2,222 yards passing, 12 touchdowns, and finished with a 65.8% completion percentage (#2 all-time for the Vandals). This season, although junior Steve Wichman claimed the starting job in the season opener when the two split duties during the game, Harrington has remained a key member of the Vandal team. Besides remaining Idaho's top backup quarterback, he contributes on special teams (Idaho's 3-year starter as holder on field goals, the Vandals currently lead the WAC in field goal percentage). As a high school senior Harrington was named the Mt. Hood Conference's Most Valuable Offensive Player (threw for 2,900 yards with 38 TDs and 11 picks as a senior), first team All-Conference QB and punter, and earned 2nd Team All State honors.

#42 Ashanti Hicks, 6-0, 204, Runningback
Borah High School (Boise, ID)
Ashanti walked on at Idaho in 2004 after playing at Santa Barbara City College in 2001 and attending Boise State University in 2002 and 2003 (did not play at BSU). Ashanti worked primarily as a scout team player last season. This year the energetic former Borah High star (two-time first-team All Southern Idaho Conference selection, and two-time second-team All State selection) has played in four games with 3 carries on the year.

#60 John Neddo, 6-2, 285, Offensive Line
Kuna High School (Kuna, ID)
John walked on at Idaho in 2002 and has worked primarily on the scout team throughout his career. Despite the lack of playing time, John stuck with it and was rewarded this year with the starting job at New Mexico State – Idaho' first road win of the year, wrapped in an emotional 38-37 double-overtime victory. Neddo started this game, and appeared to go wire-to-wire in the starting role at right guard next to junior Hank Therien. This article salutes all the seniors, but we want to give a special salute to John Neddo - a walkon who stuck with his goal and took full advantage of the opportunity he was given in this, his senior season. John's high school career was punctuated by being named a two-time All Conference selection (center and DT), and was invited to play in the Shrine All-Star Game.

#2 Robert Nembhard, 5-8, 175, Wide Receiver / Kick Returner
Pasadena High School (Pasadena, CA)
One of the fastest high school athletes in America (1999 National High School 100-meter Champion with a time of 10.45 seconds, 1999 Junior Olympics took 5th in the 100 meters and 7th in the 200 meters), Robert joined the Vandals in 2001 and redshirted. A member of Idaho's track team, Nembhard has seen limited duty on the gridiron for the Vandals during his career (primarily as a scout teamer, but did see action in two games last fall as a junior). This fall Robert has seen his most playing time of his career, working onto the kick return unit with 3 returns for 73 yards for a 24.3 yards per return average.

#27 Nate Nichols, 6-1, 225, Linebacker
Walla Walla High School (Walla Walla, WA)
Recruited to Idaho in 2001 as a safety, Nate redshirted his first season with the Vandals. He worked into the safety rotation as a redshirt freshman, including playing in 11 of 12 games and starting one. By his sophomore year Nate was moved up to outside linebacker where he played in 11 games and started two (40 tackles). As a junior in 2004 Nate had earned the starting job with 11 starts in 12 games (again registering 40 tackles, with 5 tackles for loss one sack and one QB hurry). This fall he has split playing time with sophomore Josh Bousman and battled injuries as part of a deep linebacker rotation for the Vandals. Through the first 8 games Nate has started 3 games, played in five, and has registered nine tackles on the year with one tackle for loss. As a senior at Walla Walla HS, Nate was voted an AP All State selection, All Big Nine Conference honoree, and was named in the Seattle Times Top 100 Players list.

#6 Antwaun Sherman, 5-7, 178, Runningback / Kick Returner
Benson High School (Portland, OR)
Antwaun was a JC walkon last fall out of National Junior College Champion City College of San Francisco and has seen significant playing time as both a runningback and returner for the Vandals over the last two years. In 2004 Sherman played in 10 of 12 games, returned a kick for 100 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette (returned 10 kicks for 314 yards on the year), and gained 73 yards on 11 carries out of the backfield. This fall Sherman provided one of the most electric carries of the year when he went 60 yards for a touchdown against UNLV. He has played in 7 games and gained 151 yards on 33 carries (4.0 yards per carry), six receptions for 37 yards (long of 23 yards), and has five kick returns for 83 yards with a long of 25 yards. An All-State selection in High School, Antwaun is an exceptional track athlete and has been a prominent member of the Idaho track team in addition to his work on the gridiron.

#47 Cole Snyder, 5-11, 225, Linebacker
Kamiah High School (Kamiah, ID)
Another Idaho walkon, Cole not only earned a starting role with the Vandals, he quickly became one of the team's leaders. A graduate of Kamiah High School, Cole originally walked-on at Eastern Washington in 2001, then brought his game to Moscow in 2002 (Cole sat out the season due to transfer rules). In 2003 his playing time at middle linebacker steadily increased as the season progressed (he finished with 31 tackles on the year). Last season Cole claimed the starting MLB job, started all 12 games, and led the team and Sun Belt Conference in tackles on the year (136 total tackles, including 16 tackles for loss), earning First-Team All-Conference honors. This summer Cole was recognized on a national stage by being named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, and through the first 8 games of this season currently leads the NATION in solo tackles on the year (74), is #2 in the Western Athletic Conference in total tackles (105), and is ranked among the Top 10 in the nation in total tackles. Cole has 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception and 2 pass breakups. As a senior at Kamiah High School, the future Vandal starting linebacker was named an All State and All Conference selection.

#81 Jeff Stowe, 6-0, 200, Wide Receiver
Richland High School (Richland, WA)
Jeff joined the Vandals in 2001 out of Richland High School and redshirted his first season at Idaho. By his redshirt freshman season in '02 Stowe was seeing significant playing time, including 363 yards on 30 receptions with 2 touchdowns. As a sophomore in '03 Jeff played in 11 games recording 30 receptions again, this time for 316 yards and four touchdowns. Jeff sustained a season ending injury in the 11th game of the season, and has battled injuries ever since. In 2004 he participated in three games before sustaining a season ending injury, and this year has has been slowed by injuries all season. Stowe had a stellar high school career, including gaining 2,735 yards on 147 receptions for 30 touchdowns (two seasons he led the Bombers' 4-receiver attack), good enough to be named a two-time first-team All Big Nine selection.

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