Seniors Honored In Finale

Fifteen seniors were honored Saturday for their playing careers at Idaho. Seven of these athletes came to Idaho as freshmen, including guard JADE TADVICK, and played through a period of tremendous change within the Idaho program, which included three different head coaches, a conference change, and significant facilities improvements along the way.

This weekend 15 seniors were honored before the home finale against San Jose State. For the seven who joined the program as freshmen, the change they've witnessed in this program has been significant. From a coaching standpoint, during their careers the team has been led by three different head coaches (Tom Cable, Nick Holt, and now Dennis Erickson). As far as conference affiliation, during that time-frame Idaho went from partial membership in the far-flung Sun Belt Conference (2000-2004), and moved into the much more competitive Western Athletic Conference (2005-present). Much needed facilities improvements were recently completed, including a new weight room, practice fields, and a new locker room.

Consequently during this time of change, victories proved to be hard to come by.

But this season, as Idaho began settling into the WAC and makes plans to continue its facilities upgrades, this group leaves with more victories (four, which includes wins over Utah State, New Mexico State, Louisiana Tech, and Idaho State) than Idaho has enjoyed since the 2000 season. They also strung together a mid-season 3-game win streak which included two wins on the road.

It's been a particularly lengthy dry spell for a program that in 1998 won the Big West Championship and defeated Southern Miss in the Humanitarian Bowl, and followed it up with a second place Big West finish that included a 7-point loss to Auburn and a second consectutive win over Washington State in 1999.

Through it all this group of seniors - all fifteen - have stuck with the program, and most in this class have earned significant playing time and starting jobs throughout this season. thanks this entire group for their effort, and their fortitude, over the years as they worked to get this program back on the winning track.

6-3, 200, Wide Receiver
Saint Louis, MO
Parkway North High School

Matt joined the Vandals in 2005 as a JC transfer out of West Hills College (CA) and earned immediate playing time as a junior. Last season was his best at Idaho, and included making three starts and playing in all 11 games (28 receptions for 330 yards). His best game was a 6 reception, 70 yard performance against NMSU.

6-3, 235, Rush End
Chicago, IL
Bogan Computer Technical High School

Charles joined the Vandals in 2005 as a JC transfer out of Chabot College (CA). He earned immediate playing time last season, splitting starting duties as Idaho's defensive Rush End. This season he started 9 games for the Vandals, and finished the year with 28 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 QB hurries.

6-3, 223, Middle Linebacker
Simi Valley, CA
Royal High School

Robert joined the Vandal program in 2002 and redshirted. He earned playing time as a redshirt freshman and as a sophomore finished second on the team with 76 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. This year as a backup middle linebacker he played in 9 games and recorded 15 tackles. Robert was a starter on kickoff and punt teams.

6-0, 267, Nose Guard
Anaheim, CA
Esperanza High School

Ryan joined the Vandals last season (2005) as a JC transfer out of Orange Coast College. Despite being "undersized", he earned immediate playing time splitting duties as Idaho's starting noseguard. Ryan played with intensity, and in 11 games this season recorded 16 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, a sack, and also blocked a punt on special teams against Boise State.

6-2, 252, Tightend
Santa Ana, CA
Mater Dei High School

Keith joined the Vandals in 2002 and earned immediate playing time as a backup TE. In 2003 Keith suffered a season ending injury in the opener, and over the next couple of years battled back from life-threatening complications from the surgery. This season earned 3 starts while playing in 6 games (4 receptions, 46 yards).

5-8, 156, Wide Receiver
Post Falls, ID
Post Falls High School

Tracy joined the Vandals in 2003 as an invited walkon out of Post Falls High School. A reserve wide receiver much of his career who battled numerous injuries (including a foot injury this year and knee injury before that), Tracy set a Post Falls school record with 47 receptions as a high school senior. He earned First Team All Conference and All North Idaho honors.

5-10, 190, Cornerback
Milpitas, CA
Milpitas High School

Kiel transferred to Idaho this season from Sacramento State University for his last year of eligibility under a new NCAA rule...and the Vandals are lucky he did. Kiel earned immediate playing time in the season opener at Michigan state, ended up starting 10 games this season, recorded 31 tackles, 1 INT, and 5 pass breakups.

6-1, 187, Wide Receiver
St. James, LA
Saint James High School

Wendell joined the Vandals in 2002 and redshirted the season. Since his redshirt freshman season Wendell has been one of Idaho's top 3 or 4 receivers every year. This season he led Idaho with 422 yards on 34 receptions in 4 games, including a 4 TDs on the season (tops among Vandal wideouts). Wendell started all but one game for Idaho this season.

6-2, 204, Cornerback
Clovis, CA
Buchanan High School

DeAngelo joined the Vandals in 2005 as a JC transfer out of Fresno Junior College. Signed as a wide receiver, he earned immediate PT as a cornerback in '05 and started the last six games of the year (also returned kicks for Idaho). Moved to WR this season, played in 7 games.

6-2, 259, Offensive Line
Hermiston, OR
Hermiston High School

Steve transferred to the University of Idaho from the College of the Siskiyous in 2005. An invited walkon, Steve worked primarily with the scout team during his career with the Vandals.

6-5, 314, Left Guard
Stevensville, MT
Stevensville High School

Jade joined the Vandals in 2002 and redshirted the season. He has been a starter on the Vandal offensive line since his redshirt freshman season, and has been a starter in every game for 4 years in which he has been physically able to perform. He has started at every position on the line except center.

6-1, 205, Free Safety
Long Beach, CA
Jordan High School

Tone joined the Vandals in 2005 as a JC transfer out of LA Harbor College (CA). He originally signed with Oregon State and redshirted one season there. Described by coaches as a "hard worker", he started 8 games in his first season at Idaho, and this season also started 8 games, finished 8th on the team with 34 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 pass breakup.

6-6, 306, Left Tackle
Federal Way, WA
Federal Way High School

Nate joined the Vandals in 2002 and redshirted. He split starting duties at right tackle as a redshirt freshman, and by his sophomore season was Idaho's primary starter. He switched to left tackle as a junior and has been the starter there the last two seasons. He has started every game (when not injured) since the beginning of his sophomore season.

6-3, 219, Quarterback
Tracy, CA
Tracy High School

Steve joined the Vandals last season as a JC transfer out of San Joaquin Delta College. At SJDC he earned JC Gridwire All-American honors, and by the second game of his first season at Idaho was the starting QB. He threw for 2800 yards and 15 TDs as a junior, including being named WAC Player of the Week after 390 yards passing at UNLV (also threw for 489 yards at NMSU). This season in a new offense at Idaho he threw for 2160 yards and 8 touchdowns.

6-1, 217, Middle Linebacker
Pasadena, CA
Muir High School

Jaron joined the Vandals in 2002 and redshirted the season. Over the course of his career he worked from scout teamer to starter, and this season started 9 games at MLB for the Vandals. He finished the season 7th on the team with 40 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, an interception and two pass breakups.

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