FIRST LOOK: 2007 Newcomers To Watch

Inside is a look at eight "newcomers" who are already battling this spring for significant playing time. The group includes junior QB LUKE TRACY, one of three JC transfers joining the program as midyear transfers. Also included in the group are grayshirt and redshirt athletes expected to be in the thick of the hunt for playing time at various roster positions.

The following list is neither exhaustive nor conclusive. It is a summary of our staff's initial observations, with a focus on newcomers who look to make an impact immediately as transfers to Idaho, or as grayshirts/redshirts. This list doesn't take into account returners moving up the depth chart from last season.



LUKE TRACY
6-2, 208, Jr
Quarterback

OK, we're admittedly a little surprised. We knew Luke was well-regarded by coaches at the JC level, a former All-Conference pick despite missing much of his sophomore season. We won't say he's had an "outstanding" performance to this point yet (by any stretch), but he is among the early Top 2 in the QB battle as far as getting the most time with the No. 1's, battling senior Brian Nooy for top reps. He's had some nice looking passes, and some...not so nice. But he's mobile, has a nice arm, and as his former JC coach stated, may be the most effective outside the pocket.



NATHAN ENDERLE
6-5, 221, RS-Freshman
Quarterback

Although the process of finding a starting QB is just starting, it's important to state that no quarterback has yet to distance themselves from the pack. Each brings a strength to the position at this point. For Enderle, what he may lack in understanding defenses at the Division 1A level (given just one year at Idaho), and maybe some mobility, he makes up for with a cannon of an arm. A pure drop-back passer, Enderle is very much in the mix, and likely will be well into fall drills.



CORY RHOANE
6-1, 202, Junior (JC Transfer)
Wide Receiver

Our scouts all said the same thing..."Rhoane stands out immediately...could be outstanding." For one thing, he's got good hands...not perfect, but in general catches most passes thrown his way. This 3-star receiver definitely knows how to go after the ball. He's also got nice wheels, and at 6-1 he's easily one of the tallest targets in the chart (until the freshmen recruits arrive in fall), especially with seniors Marlon Haynes and Tariq Ikharo sitting out spring drills to focus on academics. Although it's early, he very much is poised to earn serious playing time this fall.



MARCUS PEDRO
6-1, 270, Junior (JC transfer)
Defensive End

"A beast." He's been running with the No. 1 defensive unit as the stronside defensive end, and is another newcomer who could earn serious playing time this fall. At 6-1, 270-pounds he's a big enough and strong enough to make an immediate impact in 2007. He'll be battling George Fa'avae and Steve Cameron for playing time, and we wouldn't be surprised to see junior Josh Shaw kickout to strongside DE on occasion as well (assuming junior DT Alex Toailoa can rejoin the defensive line after focusing on academics this spring). Pedro will be serious contender to start.





JONAH SATARAKA
6-2, 275, RS-Freshman
Defensive Tackle

He may be a year out from seeing a lot of playing time this fall, but from our vantage point over the weekend and Monday, he's definitely a prospect with serious potential. He did a fantastic job improving his strength during his redshirt season and could make an impact in the rotation this fall. He'll be vying for playing time against senior Siua Musika (6-0, 301), juniors Shaw (6-2, 260) and Toailoa (6-0, 300), and redshirt sophomore Marvin Jones (6-2, 300), but Sataraka appears to be headed in the right direction.



JONATHAN FARAIMO
5-11, 235, Grayshirt Freshman
Middle Linebacker

He's a redshirt freshman, and by our estimation he's running with the No. 2 defensive unit as a backup middle linebacker behind senior Jo Artis Ratti. He had a spectacular redshirt freshman season, and aside from being as strong as an ox, he hits like a truck...qualities you want to have in your middle linebacker. The linebacker unit is loaded, and the recruits coming in this fall are extremely talented, but as long as Faraimo continues to perform as he has to this point, he's a safe bet to see playing time in the fall.



PAUL SENESCALL
6-1, 220, RS-Freshman
Weak Inside Linebacker (WILL)

Much like Faraimo, redshirt freshman Senescall is definitely making his presence felt early. Our estimations put the redshirt freshman as the No. 2 WILL behind senior Lombardi Award Watch List and First Team All-WAC linebacker David Vobora. Senescall, a concensus First Team All-State selection and Greater Spokane League MVP in 2005 as a senior, he's been impressive throughout his redshirt season and early spring drills. We will be looking for Paul to be in the thick of the hunt for playing time throughout spring drills and the 2007 season.



DEONTE JACKSON
5-8, 185, RS-Freshman
Runningback

With senior Brian Flowers focusing on academics this spring and fellow redshirt freshman Andre Harris suspended for violating team rules, the walkon redshirt freshman out of Warren, Arkansas is making the most of his opportunity. Rumored to have been given the opportunity to drop his redshirt and play last season, Jackson kept his redshirt and is (by our estimation) among the Top 2 backs early this spring, splitting the bulk of the carries with junior Jayson Bird. Bird and Jackson are getting pushed by fellow walkon redshirt freshman Yusuf Salahuddin (5-6, 180), a powerful back out of Belleville, Illinois, and redshirt sophomore Devon Sturdivant (5-10, 205) out of Boise, Idaho. Jackson had a fantastic redshirt season and is expected to be among Idaho's top backs in 2007.



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