Idaho's Svelte Offensive Line?
You heard it here first folks, intense off-season conditioning and a year of starting experience saw 3 of Idaho's starting offensive linemen actually shave a few pounds this off-season. Who, you might ask? It's all 3 returning sophomores, starting with Outland Trophy candidate, center Matt Martinez, who's shed 11 pounds from his weight of a year ago, going from 315 to 304. Weak guard Jason Cobb also shed a layer or two, dropping 12 pounds from 310 down to 298. And finally, All-Conference weak tackle Jake Scott shed 7 pounds, weighing in this season at a fit and trim 283 pounds. We've noticed this unit appear a bit more mobile this spring and fall, and now we know why.
The Waiting Game
#69 Talifaia "Ryan" Atoe
6-2, 314, Sr
Below is a link to our updated team depth chart. You can access this link anytime by clicking on "2 Deeps" in the left hand margin. At this time, we have most of the guys in the depth chart shown. As we get a better feel for who the top 2 players at each position will be, we'll update this chart accordingly.
Vandals Depth Chart
Names And Faces
#42 Mike Lowry, 5-10, 196, Fr
The list also includes 4 sophomores-to-be, including one transfer. Rory Cordial comes to Idaho after starting his career at Oregon State University, then transferring to Butte College in California before coming to Moscow. The other 3 are defensive lineman Peter Foss of Puyallup, Washington, Ryan Mann of Kellogg, Idaho and Rory Tipton of Nampa, Idaho. Imagine that, 2 Rory's in one class...
Below is the complete list in alphabetical order:
Justin Barnes, WR, 6-1, 195, Nampa, ID (Nampa High School)
Rory Cordial, QB, 6-0, 197, Missoula, MT (Butte College)
Ace Davis, DB, 6-0, 200, Oxnard, CA (St. Bonaventure High School)
Peter Foss, DL, 6-2, 290, Puyallup, WA (Rogers High School)
Mike Lowry, RB, 5-10, 196, Meridian, ID (Meridian High School)
Ryan Mann, FB, 6-1, 193, Kellogg, ID (Kellogg High School)
Drew Pearce, QB, 6-4, 206, Walla Walla, WA (Walla Walla High School)
Rory Tipton, WR, 6-0, 165, Nampa, ID (Nampa High School)
Nathan Zody, LB, 5-11, 226, Fairbanks, AK (Lathrop High School)
We don't have much information on any of these guys, but keep your eyes open for them in the next couple of years. We've updated the projected Red Shirt list, which can be accessed anytime by clicking on "Redshirts" in the left hand margin. Below is a link directly to the list.
Projected 2002 Redshirts
|Nathan Zody, 5-11, 226, Fr
||Ace Davis, 6-0, 200, Fr|
Looking Good Already
|#18 Brandon Mascorro, 5-9, 170, Fr|
He's definitely not big, but the kid is courageous. Great agility and quick to the ball, this is one recruit we don't expect to see standing on the sidelines for long, and because of this there's a strong possibility he may not redshirt this season. Even with the large influx of JC defensive backs this fall, he's shown he has come to Moscow to play ball. He joins 3 other St. Bonaventure graduates on the Idaho roster: Mike Bonelli (RS-Fr defensive end who should get plenty of playing time this season), and fellow recruits Mike Barrow (highly touted place kicker who hit a 25 yarder in the scrimmage on Saturday in gusty winds) and Ace Davis (defensive back walk-on who also saw playing time this weekend).
|#58 Jaron Williams, 6-1, 210, Fr|
Jaron converted from tightend to middle linebacker during his junior year, and its obvious why. The guy has a keen sense for the ball and gets to the runner quickly. He's also not afraid to mix it up with 300 pound linemen. A solid year in the weight room and you might see #58 battling for a starting job next year as a redshirt freshman. He's definitely one to keep your eye on.
One more guy to keep your eye on is defensive line recruit Kelly Talavou, a 6-2, 310 pound prospect out of Los Angeles, California. He very quietly made a name for himself in Southern California, earning an invitation to play in the Los Angeles/Orange County All Star game at the end of last season. He's apparently making an impression already on the team, and may see action this season. Classmate and fellow defensive line recruit Geoff Zuber (6-4, 290, Gold Beach High School) got some reps with the defense last weekend and more than held his own.
|#11 Nicq Hale, 5-10, 171, Sr|