Idaho is well to be nice not any good last year they were 2-10 and one of those was against FCS in-state opponent Idaho State. A few good things, and I reiterated few, is the starting quarterback is Nathan Enderle who is returning for his third year under center.
Hope is for Idaho is that Enderle can improve off of his 54 completion percentage which jumped ten percent from 2007-2008. This could be difficult to improve off of is that the Vandals lose their three of their top five wide receivers from last year.
The running game does have hope with Deonte' Jackson returning his 696 yards, and if Idaho can stay in games Jackson has the chance to breakout and get to 1,000 yards. That said Idaho needs to replace three starters from the offensive line, so space may be limited for any back trying to gain yards.
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The defensive bright spots are few and far between, but their best unit is the secondary lead by strong safety Shiloh Keo. This unit better be improved because Idaho gave up 262 yards per game in the air.
That poorous pass defense directly translated to a scoring defense that was last in the WAC, and 118th nationally while giving up 42.8 points per game. Turnover margin is a key factor to how good, or in this case bad, a team is and Idaho was -- to no surprise -- near the bottom of the NCAA's with a minus thirteen.
That margin is hard to repeat and Phil Steele is a staunch believer that teams with a bad turnover margin have the best chance to improve in their following season. In theory the Vandals should be improved, but there is no escaping the bottom of the WAC in 2009.
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