Honorable Mention: Rod Bryant, 6-1, 180 pound junior cornerback. Rod joined the Vandals late this fall, but he's already made his presence felt, snagging Idaho's first interception on the season. The Friendly, Maryland native has earned the starting cornerback job against Oregon this weekend with his performance against WSU, and he's going to get a heck of a test Saturday against the Ducks in Eugene (UO this week is ranked 13th in the AP, 12th in USA/Today, and 4th in the BCS). Obviously, its a tall order for our rebuilding defense, but he looked good against WSU and is a huge boost to Idaho's defensive secondary.
The Cyber Game Ball Winner: Kelly Talavou, 6-2, 310 pound Nose Guard. On some plays, its hard to believe this kid was playing high school football last season. If there is one player on Idaho's reconstructed defensive line that stuck out as bringing it on every play, its Kelly. We know he was beaten on a few plays, and their were probably several plays where he was out of position, but the guy has a motor. We don't remember him coming off the field for more than a series or 2. And simply, he seemed to be around the ball on practically every play. He suffered a knee injury at some point late in the game against WSU and will likely miss the Oregon game, but should be a force on the defensive line the rest of the season. Congrats to Kelly on a great effort Saturday.
|#91 Kelly Talavou, 6-2, 310, Fr|
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