The Cyber Game Ball

The staff awards The Cyber Game Ball for last weekend's game with Top 15 ranked Washington State.

As with last weekend, there were several players we believe had admirable performances this weekend against Washington State in the Battle of the Palouse. Brian Lindgren again showed a stoic effort in completing 33 of 49 passes for 267 yards and 2 TDs and one pick while being sacked 6 times. Transfer defensive lineman, senior Talifaia Atoe picked up his first sack on the season against a talented Cougar offensive line, while also recovering the fumble he forced. Junior middle linebacker Patrick Libey, a one-time walk-on who earned starting MLB honors this fall, led the team in tackles. And senior wideout Josh Jelmberg moved into 4th in the nation in total receptions on the season with 10 in each of the last 2 games. But it was the 2 players below who caught our eyes the most Saturday afternoon.

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
Los Angeles, CA

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