Idaho State Offensive Preview

Idaho State played pretty well against the Utes last week. They will try to improve on that performance against Utah State

OFFENSE

WIDE RECEIVER

(L) RECEIVER

6-2 212 byu transfer Madison Mangum (Scout NR) is listed as the co-starter at this spot. Mangum caught 4 passes for 25 yards at Utah in the season opener. The other co-starter is converted running back 5-10 185 senior Aaron Prier (Scout NR). Prier who has had a semi-successful career at running back caught 2 passes for 35 yards with a long of 28 at Utah last week.

(R) RECEIVER

5-11 170 sophomore Broc Malcom (Scout NR) is the starter at this WR spot. Malcom hauled in 51 passes for 524 yards and 2 TDs in 2013 and built on his career stats by pulling in 4 receptions for 25 yards and a TD at Utah in week 1. The backup is 6-1 185 junior CJ Hatchett (Scout NR). Hatchett appeared in 4 games for Idaho State in 2013 after transferring from the University of Montana. Hatchett did not record any stats at Utah.

SLOT RECEIVER

K.W. Williams (Scout NR) a 6-1 207 sophomore is the starting slot WR. Williams appeared in 10 games as a redshirt freshman for the Bengals in 2013. At Utah in week 1 Williams grabbed 4 receptions for 43 yards and a TD. 6-0 180 true freshman Hagen Graves (Scout NR) is the back up to Williams. The speedster from Skyview high school in Nampa played in his first collegiate game at Utah, however he did not record any stats.

OFFENSIVE LINE

LEFT TACKLE

Jim Bagley (Scout NR) a 6-3 301 senior has started in 25 of the 33 games that he has appeared in during his career in a Bengal uniform. Bagley brings the type of steady leadership and quality play that is essential for a left tackle. Bagley's understudy is 6-5 283 redshirt freshman Chase Collins (Scout NR). Collins spent the 2013 season as a redshirt following an all-league career at Mead HS, in Mead, Washington.

RIGHT TACKLE

Florida State transfer Terrence Carey (Scout NR) has earned the nod as the starter at RT since becoming eligible for the Bengals prior to the 2013 season. A 6-1 301 junior, Carey left Florida State following his redshirt freshman season in 2011. Backing up Carey is giant 6-6 275 true freshman Brian Fineanganofo (Scout NR). Fineanganofo joins Idaho State from Paramount high school out of Los Angeles.

LEFT GUARD

Stalwart 6-4 305 junior Wesley Wingrove (Scout NR) has started in 18 of the 22 games that he has appeared in. Wingrove has been an instrumental part of an offense that has set numerous school records over the past two seasons. Cody Abbott (Scout NR) is a 6-3 285 sophomore from Meridian that has spent the past two years first as a redshirt in 2012, and then during 2013 as a squad member.

RIGHT GUARD

Former Oregon State commit Skyler Phillips (Scout 2*) a 6-3 330 sophomore has started all 12 games since arriving on campus prior to the 2013 season. A very accomplished lineman in high school, Phillips made a name for himself prior to his senior season in high school by grading very highly at The Opening, a preseason skills camp hosted by Nike at its campus located in Beaverton, Oregon. Yet another mammoth offensive lineman in 6-6 305 sophomore Thomas Vazorka (Scout NR) is listed on the two deep depth chart. Vazorka started the 3 games he appeared in during the 2013 season as a true freshman for the Bengals.

CENTER

Christian Diehm (Scout NR) a 6-5 285 junior has started 9 of the 21 career games that he has played in including all 8 starts coming during the 2013 season. 6-4 285 true freshman Kyle Jones (Scout NR) is Diehm's back up. Jones recently returned from an LDS church mission.

TIGHT END

Sophomore Josh Cook (Scout NR) has grabbed the starting TE position. The 6-3 221 Cook hauled in 32 passes for 317 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2013 and snared 3 receptions for 17 yards during the Bengals week 1 game at Utah. Former special teams standout Tyler Graves (Scout NR) has earned the backup TE spot for 2014. Graves, a 6-4 225 junior has appeared in 10 career games for Idaho State.

RUNNING BACK

5-11 196 junior Xavier Finney (Scout NR) was a workhorse for the Bengals in 2013, toting the rock 199 times good enough for 5th all-time for carries in a single season at Idaho State. Finney earned all-conference honorable mention honors rushing for 868 yards and 5 TDs while catching 29 passes for 177 yards and a TD. Finney carried the ball 23 times for 133 yards and snagged 3 passes for 17 yards at PAC-12 opponent Utah during week 1. Not to be out done, Finney's back up, 5-11 196 senior Daniel McSurdy (Scout NR) had a decent showing during the opening game at Utah with 11 carries for 60 yards and catching 1 pass for 2 yards. McSurdy a former WR has played sparingly over the course of his career having only carried the ball 37 times total in 2013 for 175 yards in 2013 and only appearing at RB in 13 games over the past 2 seasons combined.

QUARTERBACK

Justin Arias (Scout NR) a 6-0 213 senior had a top 5 statistical season for the Bengals in 2013. Arias completed 322 passes out of 574 attempts for 3,546 yards and 24 TDs. Arias threw for over 400 yards in a game three times. During the season opener at Utah, Arias threw for 158 yards and 2 TDs on 21 completions out of 40 attempts. Charged with backing up the talented Arias is a local boy of sorts, in Park City high school graduate James Delacenserie (Scout 2). Delacenserie a 6-2 206 redshirt freshman, was named to the Utah Valley Elite 11 and was the Region 10 Offensive MVP his senior year while throwing for career totals of 6,147 yards passing and 70 TDs.

PUNT RETURN

6-0 175 redshirt freshman Sage Burmeister (Scout NR) has earned the spot at punt return. Burmeister opened his collegiate career at the University of Utah and recorded 1 punt return for 1 yard on the night.

KICK RETURN

The two players charged with returning kicks for the 2014 season are 5-10 190 junior WR Aaron Prier and 5-11 196 senior RB Daniel McSurdy. In 2013 Prier returned 12 kicks for 299 yards but did not have a return at Utah during week 1. McSurdy did not return a kick during the 2013 season, however in 2012 he had 11 kick returns for 204 yards. McSurdy did not record a kick return at Utah in the season opener for the Bengals.


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