Vandal Football: Team Update

As the team prepares for the start of spring camp in a couple weeks, we've been able to confirm some position changes that will be explored this spring, including giving DeAngelo Ramsey, last year's starting cornerback, a look at wide receiver...the position he originally was recruited to play at Idaho.

SPRING FOOTBALL SCHEDULE RELEASED...First, let's take care of some scheduling business. The Vandals are starting spring practices later this month and the school released the practice schedule last week. Practices begin on SATURDAY, MARCH 25th, and conclude with the SPRING GAME on FRIDAY, APRIL 21st in The Dome. We'll update times and specifics as the information is released. Below is a summary of the practice schedule:

Saturday, March 25th - Practice
Sunday, March 26th - Practice

Tuesday, March 28th - Practice
Thursday, March 30th - Practice
Saturday, April 1st - Practice

Tuesday, April 4th - Practice
Thursday, April 6th - Practice
Friday, April 7th - Practice
Saturday, April 8th - Practice

Tuesday, April 11th - Practice
Thursday, April 13th - Practice
SATURDAY, April 15th - SCRIMMAGE (tentatively in Coeur d'Alene)

Tuesday, April 18th - Practice
Thursday, April 20th - Practice

For those planning to attend the Spring Game, we strongly urge you to make hotel reservations now if you haven't already. Hotel rooms always go very fast that weekend (Wazzu often has Mom's Weekend the same weekend).

Also, if you haven't already done so, make plans to participate in the Dennis Erickson Vandal Golf Tournament taking place Saturday, the day after the game. For details, CLICK HERE!

PLAYER POSITION UPDATES... With just a couple weeks left before the first spring practice under Dennis Erickson at Idaho in over 20 years, we set our sites on some of the position changes we've been hearing rumors of this spring. Most of the updates have been discussed on our message board, but below we give a little more info if possible (and confirmation, based on our sources). Enjoy!

Jon Dominguez
6-3, 270, Defensive Tackle

So which will it be, defensive end or defensive tackle? The 6-3, 270 pounder out of Clovis West High played both positions at Fresno City College, and was described by his head coach Tony Caviglia as "an intense football player" who has "natural leadership abilities", due in part to his 4-year stint in the U.S. Navy. So which is it going to be at Idaho? Word is that he will work inside with the Vandal defensive tackles this spring, arrived on campus in good shape, and is expected to get some serious reps during spring camp.

George Fa'avae
6-2, 255, Defensive End

OK, so Dominguez is working the defensive interior this spring. What about Idaho's other defensive line pickup out of the JC ranks, George Fa'avae? What we're hearing is that the 6-2, 255 pound junior with 3 years to play 2 will work with the defensive ends this spring, and will be expected to help fill the void caused by the loss of senior Mike Bonelli to graduation. A nice sized DE, Fa'avae reports a 375 pound bench and consistently ran sub-4.8 - 40s at the various camps and combines. He registered 13 sacks last season and 79 tackles on the year, and should be one to watch this spring.

DeAngelo Ramsey
6-2, 200, Wide Receiver

He came to Idaho last year as part of a solid wide receiver recruiting class that included D.J. Smith (off to the NFL after just one season at Idaho) and Matt Askew (Idaho's #4 receiver last fall averaging 11.8 yards per catch, with one TD and a long of 40 yards). But when he arrived in the fall the Vandals needed help at corner. DeAngelo fit the bill and started five games, playing extensively all season. With JC recruit Stanley Franks on board, DeAngelo will get his shot at wide receiver this spring. He has excellent hands and a huge wing-span, and will be given a chance to show new coach Dennis Erickson and the rest of the staff what he brings to the game. Is there a chance he plays both ways? You never know, but at the moment he's going to be focusing only on wide receiver for Idaho.

Stanley Franks
6-0, 190, Cornerback

Amid speculation about which side of the ball Franks would work this spring, sources indicat that he's going to work with the corners during spring drills, and it is believed to be a position where he can really help the team. A two-way starter at corner and wide receiver throughout his career at Downey High School, Franks is certainly familiar with that side of the ball but must adjust to the Division 1-A game and the pass-happy WAC. Although he earned his biggest JC accolades as a wide out (First Team All-California JC selection), he reportedly got some snaps as a freshman and expectations are high that he can work into the Vandal CB rotation soon.

Nathan Enderle
6-5, 210, Quarterback

Idaho signed two outstanding quarterback prospects out of high school this past recruiting season, and Vandal fans will get their first glimpse of one of them this spring. Enderle has enrolled at Idaho and is expected to participate in spring drills in a couple weeks. He's reportedly looked impressive already in workouts, which should make the battle for backup QB particularly interesting this fall when Arizona standout Jon Tobin, who led his team to a perfect 14-0 record and Class 4A State Championship, arrives on campus.

Tyrel Fenwick
6-7, 261, Defensive Tackle

Under wraps no longer, Tyrel walked on at Idaho last year out of Eagle High School (Idaho) as a kid that could be best described as a lanky (6-7, 230), raw prospect. He'd only played football for a couple years (was a basketball player primarily), but the staff last year saw in him a kid with a lot of room to grow. And he has. Last year during his redshirt season he added 30 solid pounds to his frame, and impressed the staff with his work ethic. In turn, he earned Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year honors last fall and is poised to see some reps in the Vandal trenches soon. But where? DT? DE? OL? Tyrel will reportedly be an interior defensive lineman, and according to sources "developed really nicely." Expect him to get some snaps this spring.

Jevon Butler
6-0, 210, Weakside Inside Linebacker (WILL)

Will be eased back onto the football field this spring as he continues to rehab from the injury he suffered last fall. It's nothing career threatening (it wasn't an ACL injury), but he never fully recovered from another nagging, unrelated injury suffered during fall camp, and will be eased back onto the gridiron. As he works back onto the field, we've learned that he will be working with the WILL linebacker unit. Whether he stays at WILL, gets a possible look at outside linebacker, or moves back to safety remains to be seen. Regardless, he's a solid athlete who's been nagged by injuries his first two years, but remains a key component of the Vandal defense.

Desmond Belton
6-4, 187, Wide Receiver

As versatile as any recruit at Idaho last year, Belton proved it on the field as he was an active member of the wide receiver rotation to start the season, then as injuries mounted in the Idaho defensive backfield, shifted over to free safety for the latter part of the season. During the first 6 games Belton caught two passes, including a 20 yard reception. During the last six games, Desmond recorded four tackles, two pass breakups, and one forced fumble. With depth improving through both depth charts (safety and wide receiver), Belton is expected to be moving back to the offensive side of the ball for spring to work with the wide reciever unit.

Reggie Jones
5-11, 200, Cornerback

A member of Idaho's 2005 track team and an athlete who has earned significant playing time in the Vandal cornerback rotation since his true freshman season, Jones is expected to be a major contributor this spring at cornerback for the Vandals. His playing time was significantly reduced in the second half of last season (reportedly broke team rules), but through the first four weeks recorded 11 tackles and one pass breakup while seeing significant playing time. He was a starter as a true freshman until an injury sidelined him mid-way through the season. According to at least two sources, he's "doing well" and "looking good", "very fast", and is a "very talented" young corner who will be expected to have a bright future at Idaho.

Keith Charles
5-10, 160, Cornerback

A current member of the Vandal track team (registered a 7.14 - 60m at the Vandal Indoor in this, his freshman season), Keith is expected to see some serious reps this spring at cornerback. A former Dorsey High School (Los Angeles) standout quarterback/cornerback and track athlete (his California High School State Championship 4x100 Team recorded the 5th fastest time in the nation his senior year), Keith is working on bulking up his frame in preparation for next fall.

Brandon Nystrom
6-1, 201, Runningback

In 2003 Brandon was named the state of Oregon's Class 3A Player of the Year for Junction City High School, and earned 1st Team Class 3A All-State honors as both a running back and defensive back, among a long list of other honors. He grayshirted his first year at Idaho, then redshirted last season, quietly making the switch from defensive back to running back and helping with the scout team. The latest information we've gathered is that he's expected to compete for playing time this spring at running back.

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