Vandals Get Loud in Third Scrimmage - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Vandals Get Loud in Third Scrimmage

Posted:
Idaho completed its third scrimmage with a happy Paul Petrino, but the head coach knows there's still work to do. Idaho completed its third scrimmage with a happy Paul Petrino, but the head coach knows there's still work to do.

by Idaho Athletics Media Relations

MOSCOW, Idaho – The sounds of football reverberated throughout the Kibbie Dome Saturday as the University of Idaho’s defense had its most impressive performance of the spring with the kind of hard hitting that can only make a coach smile.

“There were some big hits,” said coach Paul Petrino as the Vandals wrapped up their third week of spring drills. “They got after the offense pretty good. That was probably by far the loudest hitting.”

Without a doubt there were some in-their-tracks stops that drew oohs from the fans and applause from the rest of the defense.

“The defense came up and made some big stops,” Petrino said. “That’s something we haven’t been doing all the time. That was a positive.”

Junior college transfer Irving Steele was the leader among the defense with 14 stops as a linebacker. Returning safety Bradley Njoku’s, the Vandals’ second-leading tackler in 2013, added 11 with Jordan Grabski, another safety, and linebacker Marc Millan tallying eight each. Junior end Quinton Bradley had three sacks.

After being knocked on its heels a bit in the early going of the scrimmage, the offense responded with 11 touchdowns – five rushing and six passing.

“The offense made some big plays later in the scrimmage,” Petrino said. “That was good to see because we need the defense to play good, too.

“Overall, I was happy with it.”

Sophomore Chad Chalich and redshirt freshman Matt Linehan shared time at receiver with Chalich connecting on 13 of 29 throws for 195 yards and one TD, and Linehan going 27-of-43 for 364 and five scores.

Seniors Dezmon Epps and Joshua McCain, and sophomore Deon Watson were the top receivers with Epps pulling in 10 for 156; Watson grabbing nine for 150, and McCain four for 96. All told, 10 players caught at least one pass.

Senior Jerrel Brown fueled the running game with 121 yards on 28 carries with Kristoffer Olugbode, another senior, covering 64 yards on 14 carries and freshman Isaiah Saunders also carrying 14 times (46 yards).

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • WSU Athletics To Induct Steve Gleason Into HOF

    WSU Athletics To Induct Steve Gleason Into HOF

    Washington State University will induct Steve Gleason as the lone member into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Thursday.In an unprecedented move, Gleason will be the sole member of the 2014 class and will be recognized during a home football game later this fall.>>
    Washington State University will induct Steve Gleason as the lone member into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Thursday.In an unprecedented move, Gleason will be the sole member of the 2014 class and will be recognized during a home football game later this fall.>>
  • Yakima Valley Sweeps Sweets

    Yakima Valley Sweeps Sweets

    Road sweeps are tough enough to come by in any situation, especially late in the season on the road against a divisional rival. However, the Pippins picked up their second road sweep of the season with a 4-1 win over the Walla Walla Sweets Thursday night at Borleske Stadium.>>
    Road sweeps are tough enough to come by in any situation, especially late in the season on the road against a divisional rival. However, the Pippins picked up their second road sweep of the season with a 4-1 win over the Walla Walla Sweets Thursday night at Borleske Stadium.>>
  • EWU Football Begins 2014 Season

    EWU Football Begins 2014 Season

    =The Eastern Washington University football team kicked off its 2014 Fall practice schedule on Thursday, July 31, with the program's earliest start coming only in only a few weeks on Aug. 23 when Sam Houston State comes to town for the first NCAA game of the season.>>
    =The Eastern Washington University football team kicked off its 2014 Fall practice schedule on Thursday, July 31, with the program's earliest start coming only in only a few weeks on Aug. 23 when Sam Houston State comes to town for the first NCAA game of the season.>>
  • IdahoIdahoMore>>

  • Local College Football Fall Practice Schedules

    Local College Football Fall Practice Schedules

    All four of the local college football teams will kick off their Fall practices this week with the 2014 season fast approaching. Compiled below is a list of practice schedules for Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Whitworth University.>>
    All four of the local college football teams will kick off their Fall practices this week with the 2014 season fast approaching. Compiled below is a list of practice schedules for Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Whitworth University.
    >>
  • Petrino Boots Epps From Vandal Football Team

    Petrino Boots Epps From Vandal Football Team

    Sunday, July 20 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-07-21 03:03:02 GMT
    University of Idaho football coach Paul Petrino Sunday today the dismissal of senior wide receiver Dezmon Epps from the Vandal football team.>>
    University of Idaho football coach Paul Petrino Sunday today the dismissal of senior wide receiver Dezmon Epps from the Vandal football team.>>
  • Idaho Football Picked 9th in Sun Belt

    Idaho Football Picked 9th in Sun Belt

    The University of Idaho was chosen ninth in the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.>>
    The University of Idaho was chosen ninth in the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.
    >>