The Cyber Game Ball

The guys had a tough customer to deal with this week in the Washington Huskies, but put up an admirable effort, especially in the second half. The offense moved the ball after halftime, the defense made some nice stops, and special teams came through. Here are our picks for the best performers.

In Seattle several players had some impressive performances. Defensive end Brandon Kania had 4 tackles on the day, including 2 quarterback sacks. Senior linebacker Jordan Kramer tied senior cornerback Ed Rankin for second best on the team with 10 tackles (Jordan had a quarterback sack, while Ed forced a fumble). Junior DE/DT Brian Howard had 8 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss. Junior Orlando Winston led all receivers with 7 catches for 96 yards, junior TE Kelly Nead had a 17 yard reception, and true freshman TE Keith Greer had a critical 9 yard reception (his first catch on the season). Senior kicker Keith Stamps was perfect on 2 attempts, including a personal best 49 yarder, and junior Cedric Thompson keeps the highlight reel rolling with jaw-dropping kick and punt returns, including a 52 yard kick return in the second half.

Again, all admirable performances. But the following individuals, in our opinions, topped the list this week.

Honorable Mention:
Chad Kodama
, 6-2, 232, Jr, Weakside Linebacker
On the day, Chad led both teams in tackles with 11 on the afternoon, including 5 solo tackles. He would also end up with 1 tackle for loss, and in general was in the vicinity on most plays. It was the best performance of his career at Idaho, and surely made this a bit of a gratifying return to his native Seattle (Chad is a graduate of Roosevelt High School). Of course, we're confident he would have preferred the victory instead. Initially recruited to Idaho as a quarterback in 1999, he was moved to linebacker as a redshirt freshman. He put a huge effort into off-season training this spring and summer, and caught the eye of the coaching staff, earning a starting role in the 2nd week of the season. That effort is paying off now, and should be an asset for the team throughout the season.

The Cyber Game Ball Winner:
Ryan Downes
, 6-5, 224, Jr, Punter
Well, its not everyday that the game ball winner goes to a punter, but this is as much an acknowledgement of how steady a weapon Ryan is to this team, as it is an honor of his effort. As it seems has happened every week, Ryan caught every ounce of the ball at least once...drawing a gasp from the crowd on hand. On Saturday, he hit a monstrous 60 yard spiraling punt, averaged 46.4 yards per punt on 5 kicks, and landed 1 inside the Husky 20 yard line. He is also leading the conference in punting average with 44.6 yards per punt. On a more subjective note, the guy just seems to bring it 9 times out of 10. He's pinned our opponents deep in their end of the field, and bailed us out of bad field position. Simply, he's doing a fantastic job this fall.
#17 Ryan Downes, 6-5, 224, Jr
Casper, Wyoming

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