The Cyber Game Ball

With several individual performances that in weeks past would have been worthy of the Game Ball, awarding a single recipient this week was challenging. But, alas, we did our best.

There were alot of outstanding performances this week, so choosing a game ball winner is particularly difficult. Wide receiver Josh Jelmberg continues to impress with his clutch, arial receptions. Runningbacks Malfred Shaw and Blair Lewis were in exceptional form. And lost in the excitement of our first win is the fact that our defense held SDSU to just 2 touchdowns in the second half. But, we have cast our votes and the people below, in our opinions, stood out the most.

Honorable Mention:
The Idaho Crowd
, Student Section
The team needed an animated, boisterous crowd this weekend, and the students of the University of Idaho delivered in a big way. The crowd in general was electrified on the day, but the students brought it from beginning to end. They gave our defense a decided advantage on third downs and critical plays, and they were there screaming their support when the offense came through with each big play. They fed the players energy throughout the game, and made the return to the Kibbie Dome complete.

Honorable Mention:
The Coaching Staff
, Offense, Defense, & Special Teams
In years past it seemed like our team failed to make adjustments at the half. That certainly wasn't the case on Saturday. Twice in the second half the defense found their way to the quarterback (yielding just 2 touchdowns after halftime), and the offense posted 31 points, scoring on 5 of 6 second half possessions. The defense, though still vulnerable to the big play, has made progress each week, and the offensive game plan drawn up for Saturday was creative. And, unlike last season, Special Teams is giving our team multiple chances each game to succeed, whether its sound coverage, field goal kicking, or outstanding kick returns, the improvement over a year ago is readily apparent.

The Cyber Game Ball Winner:
Brian Lindgren
, 6-4, 208 pound junior Quarterback.
It would simply be wrong to give the Game Ball to anyone other than Brian on this day. For the game he completed an outstanding 6 touchdown passes, going 29 of 46 for 382 yards and no interceptions. The effort was good enough to land him Conference honors as the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week. Astronomical numbers are certainly nothing new to Brian, as he set several Washington prep records while playing at DeSales High in Walla Walla, including passing for 12,566 yards (and we thought 650 passing yards against MTSU was alot), with a 66% completion rate and 162 touchdowns (in all he set 8 Washington quarterback records, 7 of which were for all classifications...he also was apparently a pretty good field goal kicker). Brian is as unselfish and team-oriented as any member of the team, and is our pick for the Game Ball this week.
#11 Brian Lindgren, 6-4, 208, Jr
Walla Walla, WA

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