MOSCOW, Idaho – Dennis Erickson's first chance to truly evaluate the University of Idaho Vandals comes Saturday at 10 a.m. when the team conducts its first scrimmage.
With hundreds of hours of film and seven spring practice sessions behind them, Erickson and his staff will know a lot more about the Vandals by early afternoon Saturday.
"It's really the first time they've been in a game-type situation," Erickson said. "It'll give us a better idea of how they handle that type of thing. More than anything, I want to see where we are on both sides of the ball."
"For all the things he's been through in his life," Erickson said of Smith-Anderson, who has sustained three season-ending injuries thus far in his career, "it's amazing to see him operate at the level he's operating at."
Junior college transfer Stanley Franks has made an immediate impact in the secondary where he gained notice – along with returners Reggie Jones and Jason Martin – at cornerback. On the defensive front, ends Charles Campbell and Ben Alexander drew praise from Erickson as did linebackers Josh Bousman and David Vobora.
"They've all played very well," Erickson said. "They've stood out."
Saturday's scrimmage is the first of three for the Vandals. Next Saturday (April 15) they are at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City High School at 11 a.m. with the finale the annual Silver and Gold game April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Kibbie Dome. Midweek practices the next two weeks are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m.