Images from first scrimmage

SATURDAY MORNING THE VANDALS took to the practice fields in front of the Iverson Strength and Speed Center for the first scrimmage of fall camp. Substitutions across the board were liberal as Idaho's staff searches for the best combination of athletes on both sides of the ball.

Sophomore quarterback #11 Chad Chalich, Idaho's returning starter from last fall, scrambles in for the touchdown with #3 Irving Steele in pursuit.

Redshirt Freshman quarterback #10 Matt Linehan barks signals behind one variation of Idaho's top offensive line, with #78 Jesse Davis at tackle and #61 Steven Matlock at guard next to starting senior center #74 Mike Marboe, who was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List for the third year in a row.

Idaho's coaches are experimenting with numerous offensive line combinations in the early weeks of fall camp. The athletes we've seen most consistently with the starting unit are senior center and 4-year starter #74 Mike Marboe (about as close to a lock to start as you can get) and true sophomore guard Steven Matlock (61), coming off an impressive true freshman season. Giant sophomore #67 Mason Woods (6-9, 355) has lined up a lot with the top line at strong tackle. The biggest position battles appear to be at strong guard, in this variant manned by Jeff Travillion (6-3, 283), and weak tackle, with senior #78 Jesse Davis (6-6, 298) who is coming off an injury that kept him out of most of spring camp.

It probably isn't "fair" to say the emergence of converted quarterback #8 Joshua McCain as a potent wide receiver is a surprise, but he is looking like a natural out there and has since making the position change in spring camp. On this crossing pattern McCain is pursued by junior linebacker #10 Broc Westlake.

True freshman #76 Jordan Rose (6-6, 323), who has exhibited excellent speed for a big lineman, has his hands full with senior defensive tackle Quayshawne Buckley on this play. Rose has already seen significant time with the #2 unit, and has slotted in at both guard and tackle in the early part of fall camp.

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver #83 Deon Watson goes 1-on-1 with Utah transfer cornerback #22 Joseph Smith.

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