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Previewing UNLV's 2010 opponents: Idaho Vandals

Idaho's Stats for the 2009 Season:

Head Coach Robb Akey
Record 8-5 (4-4)
Bowl Game 43-42 win over Bowling Green

Returning Starters for Idaho:

Side of the Ball Position Player Name
Offense Quarterback Nathan Enderle
Offense Running Back Deonte Jackson
Offense Wide Receiver Preston Davis
Offense Wide Receiver Eric Greenwood
Offense Wide Receiver Daniel Hardy
Offense Left Tackle Matt Clevelamd
Defense Defensive End Aaron Lavarias
Defense Defensive End Hank Bryant
Defense Defensive Tackle Michael Cosgrove
Defense Defensive Tackle Jonah Sataraka
Defense Over Linebacker JoJo Dickson
Defense Middle Linebacker Tre'Shawn Robinson
Defense Over Linebacker Robert Siaxii
Defense Cornerback Isaac Butts
Defense Strong Safety Shiloh Keo
Defense Cornerback Kenny Patten

This Idaho football club has traditionally been a bottom of the cellar team in the WAC although that changed last season. The Vandals got their first winning season in a long time and most of that was because their offensive line played so good. Unfortunately, only one starter from that line is returning and that is going to make things tough on Idaho. The good news is they return every player on defense except for the free safety. That's not saying much though because this defense wasn't exactly what you would call good. Giving up 70 points to Nevada is just inexcusable. That said, having almost all of your starters return is a huge help and this defense should improve.

Idaho's schedule seems pretty fitting for their caliber of a team, they feature North Dakota, Nebraska, UNLV, Colorado State and Western Michigan. Nebraska is going to be a tough battle, but that is really only the tough test for this team. Conference Play isn't that hard either, with only 3 opponents in conference having a winning record last season.

More analysis of Idaho after the jump...

Strengths of Idaho

Last season, the strength for this team was their offensive line opening up running lanes for Deonte Jackson, but that offensive line is gone and the Vandals are no longer going to be able to rely on that. This team's strength is in its passing game. They return the starting Quarterback and 3 of the starting Wide Receivers from last season. Now don't get me wrong, Idaho doesn't have a blow you away passing game, but they do have a decent one, and most of the passing game is returning.

The defense really didn't have a strength last season, as they consistently allowed over 30 points a game. But this past spring the defensive line really improved. Defensive Ends Aaron Lavarias and Hank Bryant developed a sort of speed rush and improved in getting off of their blocks to wrap up the Tail Back. Defensive Tackle Jonah Satara has become the one on the line that is plugging up the middle, while the other Defensive Tackle, Michael Cosgrove, has begun to bull rush interior offensive linemen. So, the defensive line should be rally point for the Idaho defense.

Weakness of Idaho

On offense, Idaho's weakness is its running game and the offensive line. The new offensive line doesn't pass protect or run block very well. That is going to cause a lot of problems for the offense's running and passing game. The running game isn't very well either because their running back isn't very good. I've already discussed how the offensive line will be bad, and that combined with a running back that only was good in open lanes, is going to absoloutely destroy the running game for Idaho.

The Vandal's defense has its weakness at the Linebackers. The Linebackers gave up a lot of passes over the middle and runs that could have been stopped at 4 or 5 yard gains become 11 or 12 yard gains because the Linebackers could not stop them. This will really hurt them against a lot of teams and could lead to this defense's demise, because even though the secondary is good and can hold their ground in every part of the secondary except the middle, if you can not defend the middle of the field you can not have a good pass defense.

Idaho's style of play

Idaho's style of play last year was a pound the rock kind of style, although the scores don't reflect that. Here is the explanation for the scores. Because the offensive line was so good, the running game gained about 7 yards a carry and that opened up the deep passing game. The defense was just plain bad and that allowed the other team to score a lot. This year's style is going to have to be a shoot out style because the offensive line is so depleted from last season and the defense, although improved, still is not very good.

How do Idaho and UNLV stack up

Last year, this would have been a huge mismatch in favor of Idaho, but the teams have changed a lot since then. Last year, UNLV would have struggled mightily in stopping Idaho's running game, this year they don't have one. Last year, UNLV's pass coverage wouldn't have been able to stop this year's passing game for Idaho. The pass coverage is much improved for UNLV. This is now a mismatch in UNLV's favor just slightly though and I think UNLV should win either by 7 or 10 points.

Here are the rest of the statistics of Idaho:

2010 Idaho Football Schedule

Vandals Football Schedule

North Dakota Fighting Sioux Thu 09/02 7:00 PM PDT

@ Nebraska

Sat 09/11 TBA
UNLV Sat 09/18 TBA
@ Colorado St. Sat 09/25 1:00 PM PDT
@ Western Michigan Sat 10/02 TBA
@ Louisiana Tech Sat 10/16 1:00 PM PDT
New Mexico St. Sat 10/23 2:00 PM PDT
@ Hawaii Sat 10/30 8:30 PM PDT
Nevada Sat 11/06 TBA
Boise St. Fri 11/12 6:00 PM PST
@ Utah State Sat 11/20 12:00 PM PST
@ Fresno St. Sat 11/27 7:00 PM PST
San Jose St. Sat 12/04 TBA

2010 Idaho Football Roster


Idaho Vandals Football Roster

offense # Pos.
Quin Ashley 12 WR
Kama Bailey 8 RB
Kellen Beam 86 TE
Peter Bjorvik 89 TE
Logan Bushnell 4 QB
Matt Cleveland 70 OL
Preston Davis 7 WR
Taylor Davis 12 QB
Taylor Elmo 81 TE
Nathan Enderle 10 QB
Eric Greenwood 1 WR
Tevita Halaholo 61 OL
Daniel Hardy 88 WR
Clell Hasenbank 71 OL
Robert Hatchett III 6 WR
Justin Hernandez 19 WR
Clayton Homme 85 TE
Deonte' Jackson 3 RB
Kai Jensen 60 OL
Jordan Johnson 74 OL
Adam Juratovac 62 G
Kyle Kerfoot 30 WR
Max Komar 22 WR
Michael LaGrone 80 TE
Bilal Liggins 72 OL
Mike Iupati 77 G
Ronald Mallory 63 OT
Princeton McCarty 20 RB
Patrick Mealey 82 TE
Daniel Micheletti 87 TE
Kurt Newboles 66 OT
Tyrone Novikoff 67 OL
Marsel Posey 15 WR
Brian Reader 14 QB
Guy Reynolds Jr 68 OL
Maurice Shaw 2 WR
Bryce Sinclair 79 OT
Kevin Small 84 TE
Irvin Stevens III 69 C
Kyle Steverman 44 TE
Devon Sturdivant 28 RB
Derek Todd 16 QB
Justin Veltung 24 WR
Troy Vital 11 RB
Landon Weaver 83 WR
Corey White 5 RB
Bryan Wilson 78 OL
DeMaundray Woolridge 23 RB
defense # Pos.
Brandon Artz 26 S
Henry Asuega 40 DT
Jeffrey Bediako 31 LB
Josh Bigler 28 DB
Tyler Brooks 50 LB
Isaac Butts 27 CB
Tracy Carter 14 CB
Cameron Charles 19 CB
Michael Cosgrove 93 DT
Bobby Cowan 13 QB
JoJo Dickson 34 LB
Jesse Donez 35 CB
Larry Dugan 94 DT
Pat Enders 59 DE
Faleaoga Faumui 44 DT
Andre Ferguson 55 LB
Ben Garnett 47 LB
Marcus Graves 11 CB
Justin Green 57 DE
Aaron Grymes 16 DB
Matthew Harvey 29 CB
Jared Heston 5 LB
Eric Hunter 4 CB
Zach Ingraham 46 S
Jeromy Jones 6 SS
Vince Keener 91 DE
Shiloh Keo 10 S
Aaron Lavarias 95 DE
Brad Marboe 54 LB
Benson Mayowa 58 DE
John McKinley 49 LB
Kenneth Patten 2 DB
Marshal Pirtz 45 LB
Michael Plummer 48 S
Tre'Shawn Robinson 51 LB
Brennett Rodseth 38 CB
Jonah Sataraka 99 DE
Conrad Scheidt 33 LB
Fonomanu Sekona 43 DT
Paul Senescall 42 LB
Robert Siavii 1 LB
Charles Smith Jr 96 DE
Michael Terry 7 LB
Korey Toomer 18 LB
Shawn Tucker 37 CB
Gary Walker 3 CB
Christian Whitehead 39 CB
Derek Wieting 52 DE
Trey Williams 23 DB
Ryan Young 25 S
specialists # Pos.
Trey Farquhar 21 K
John Novak 92 K
Christopher Ramos 65 LS



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