GoVandals.net salutes the 2010 senior class - a group that was the driving force behind changing the culture of a struggling Idaho program. Of the 15 members in this class, five were recruited by Nick Holt (Nathan Enderle, Jonah Sataraka, Aaron Lavarias, Paul Senescall, and Shiloh Keo), two were brought in during Dennis Erickson's one year stint (Deonte Jackson and Daniel Hardy), and eight were recruited to Idaho by Robb Akey and his staff (Eric Greenwood, Maurice Shaw, Tevita Halaholo, Clell Hasenbank, Fonomanu Sekona, JoJo Dickson, Brandon Artz, and Christopher Ramos).
Amid the struggles of three coaching changes in a 12 month period, this group stuck together and created a solid nucleus to start rebuilding the team around. They've provided leadership throughout the 2010 season, and established a solid foundation for the future at Idaho.
Below is a link to a tribute video put together by a poster on our message board, VandalFido, who has put together several videos highlighting the Vandals over the years:
LINK: Idaho Vandals Senior Day Tribute Video
And below is a brief snapshot of each athlete, their accomplishments, and impact at Idaho.
Artz was one of top backups at both safety positions|
5-10, 189, Safety
Grandview, WA (Grandview High School)
- Special Teams Co-Captain (2010)
Artz, a 5-10, 189 pound safety out of Grandview, (Wash.) has steadily seen his playing time increase since joining the program during his sophomore season. The former walkon began the 2010 season by being named a Special Teams co-Captain and earning a scholarship. He is one of Idaho's top backup safeties (28 career tackles) and is a member of every Special Teams unit, including working as the holder for PATs, and has played in 10 games this season.
Here's some interesting trivia...Artz was a First Team AP All-State defensive back selection as a senior in high school, along with current Vandal standout Shiloh Keo. The two athletes took different paths to Idaho. Brandon redshirted the 2006 season at Southern Oregon University where he pursued a playing career as a quarterback. He then transferred to Idaho after receiving an academic scholarship as a top transfer student, and made the switch to defensive back in 2008.
He has been a special teams fixture throughout his career at Idaho, and in 2010 his critical role in the Vandal defensive backfield has increased substantially.
JoJo was a fixture on the Vandal D, moving inside to start at MIKE this fall|
6-2, 230, Linebacker
Wailuku, Hawaii (Baldwin High School)
- Defensive Team Captain (2010)
- All-WAC, Second Team (2009)
Joseph "JoJo" Dickson joined the Vandals as a freshman from Hawaii in 2007 and earned significant and immediate playing time as a true freshman strongside outside linebacker (SAM) in Idaho's deep linebacking corps. For the 2007 season his stats included 34 tackles in 11 games, with four tackles for loss, one sack, and a blocked punt at San Jose State that resulted in an Idaho touchdown. He started two games for the Vandals, against SJSU and NMSU.
As a true sophomore in 2008 Dickson took over as a starter for Idaho despite fighting through an injury for most of the season. In nine games he registered 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
As a junior in 2009 Dickson entrenched himself in the Vandal starting lineup, working at strongside and weakside 'backer in Idaho's Humanitarian Bowl Championship season. He finished the year with 79 total tackles, two interceptions, and one QB sack, earning All-WAC Second Team honors.
As the 2010 season approached, Dickson was moved inside to the starting middle linebacker position. From there he registered 34 tackles until he suffered a season ending injury in Idaho's home victory over New Mexico State in the seventh game of the season. A team leader, he has been there to support his team ever since.
Enderle, a 4-year starter, takes aim at Idaho record books|
6-4.5, 233, Quarterback
North Platte, Nebraska (North Platte High School)
- Team Captain, Offense (2010)
- Davey O'Brien Watch List (2010)
- Manning Award Watch List (2010)
- Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Watch List (2010)
No member of the 2010 senior class spent more time in the spotlight than 4-year starting quarterback Nathan Enderle. From his first start in the 2007 season opener at USC, through last weekend's near victory at Fresno State, the big Nebraskan has been an intregal part of Idaho's transformation.
He struggled his first two seasons as Idaho searched for a supporting cast to surround Enderle. Then last fall the pieces all came together with a senior-laden offensive line (led by a first round NFL selection and potential All-Rookie lineman with the 49ers in Mike Iupati), a work horse in tailback DeMaundray Woolridge, and a potent passing attack led by Max Komar (who played this fall with the Arizona Cardinals as a rookie). Enderle was exceptional, leading Idaho to it's first winning record in a decade (9-4 overall) and its first bowl victory in 11 seasons (Idaho's thrilling Humanitarian Bowl victory over Bowling Green in which Enderle led Idaho 80 yards through the air on the final drive of the game for the win).
The 2010 campaign brought a new set of challenges as Idaho struggled to rebuild its offensive line with four new starters. Despite this, the Vandals have relied heavily on the passing game this season and the strength of Enderle's arm (he was named the Offensive Team Captain going into the season). Through last weekend's game Nathan has thrown for 3,064 yards passing with 21 touchdowns and 16 picks (last year he had 22 touchdowns and 9 INTs), while being sacked a staggering 37 times. Through it all, he has played with poise and leadership.
Nathan's career numbers are outstanding, as he has accumulated 73 touchdowns and 9,834 yards passing, and is in position to have his name etched deep into the all-time Idaho record books.
Greenwood played as a true freshman, currently Idaho's leading receiver|
6-6.5, 220, Wide Receiver
Edmonds, WA (Edmonds-Woodway High School)
Greenwood joined the Vandals in 2007 and earned immediate playing time as a true freshman. That season he hauled in three passes and scored his first collegiate touchdown despite playing in just three games that year. From there, it has been steady improvement, beginning with the eight receptions he registered as a sophomore while playing in 11 games for Idaho.
In 2009 he began making a significant impact in the Vandal passing game when he earned eight starts while playing in all 13 games in Idaho's Humanitarian Bowl season. He finished the year with 401 receiving yards, 32 receptions (tied for 4th on the team), and three touchdowns.
As a senior in 2010 he has played an even larger role, and currently leads the team with 42 receptions for 655 yards with five touchdowns on the year. He's logged two games of over 100 yards receiving, including 103 at Louisiana Tech and 114 (including two touchdowns) at Utah State.
A key contributor from day one, for his career Greenwood has accumulated 1,160 yards and ten touchdowns for the Vandals.
Halaholo transferred to Idaho as a junior, and as senior started at right guard|
6-5, 330, Right Guard
Milbrae, CA (Mills High School)
Halaholo signed with Idaho in February 2009 and worked as a backup behind senior Adam Juratovac last season. He came to Idaho after a stellar JC career, earning almost every honor possible for a junior college offensive lineman, headlined by being named a JC Gridwire All American. His honors include:
• JC Grid-Wire All-American (2007)
• Football Coaches All-American
• All-California Region 1
• Preseason JC Gridwire All-American
• First Team All Nor-Cal
He signed with Tulsa after the 2007 season, but an issue in the transfer process prevented his enrollment. He returned to the College of San Mateo in 2008, redshirted, and signed with Idaho the following year.
In 2010 Halaholo took immediate control of the starting right guard position in spring drills and has started every game except one due to an injury. A powerful lineman, Halaholo has given the line stability as they have worked to rebuild the depth chart this fall.
Former walkon became one of top receiving tightends in America as a senior|
6-4, 242, H-Back / Tightend
Anchorage, Alaska (West High School)
- Finalist, John Mackey Award (2010)
In a class that has maximized their opportunities and were instrumental in changing the culture in the football program, Hardy has more than played his part in the process. An invited walkon in Dennis Erickson's lone season in Moscow, Hardy joined the Vandals in the fall of 2006 as an invited walkon out of Anchorage (Alaska) and redshirted. He competed throughout the 2007 season for playing time in the Vandal wide receiver rotation, but the Vandal coaching staff had other plans for the big athlete's future.
In 2008 Hardy made a position change, moving to the H-Back / tightend rotation as a redshirt sophomore. He provided possibly the most electrifying moment of the season when he hauled in a pass from Enderle against Boise State in the Dome and raced 81 yards for the score and an early Idaho lead. He finished that season with 128 receiving yards on nine catches in seven games including two touchdowns, and his role in the Vandal offense was cemented.
Over the next two season Hardy saw his impact in Idaho's passing attack steadily increase. As a junior last year he racked up 39 receptions and 691 yards for Idaho, including three touchdowns. This year he was off to a stellar start, accumulating 545 receiving yards on 32 receptions in eight starts before sustaining a season ending injury during the week of the Nevada game. His loss in the Vandal passing game has been substantial, but before his season was cut short he was honored by being named a finalist for the John Mackey Award, which honors the nation's top tightend in Division 1A (FBS) college football.
Hasenbank transferred to Idaho two years ago and started as a senior at center|
6-1, 287, Center
Athena, Oregon (Weston McEwen High School)
For those Vandal fans that appreciate an athlete that joins a program, throws on a hard hat, and defies a lot of odds to earn a starting job, Clell Hasenbank is your player of the year. He was not recruited to play football out of high school, but competing at the Division 1A level was a life-long dream. He embarked on achieving that dream by starting his career in the JC ranks at the College of the Siskiyous (Calif). He spent two years there, earning a starting job as a sophomore. But again, major college coaches did not come calling. Undeterred, he chose to attend the University of Idaho, wherer he walked on as a defensive tackle in 2008 and redshirted.
But his future was on the offensive line, and he made the switch to center where he backed up former All-WAC pick Irv Stevens throughout Idaho's Humanitarian Bowl season.
With the start of the 2010 season came an open battle for several starting spots on the Vandal O-line, and Clell found himself in the thick of the hunt with several newcomers. He came out on top, earned a scholarship for all of his efforts, and has started every game for Idaho this season. His dreams fulfilled.
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Jackson became Idaho's all-time leading freshman rusher in 2007|
5-8.5, 199, Tailback
Warren, Arkansas (Warren High School)
- Phil Steele preseason All-WAC, RB, 3rd Team, (2009)
- All-WAC, RB, Second Team (2007)
- Freshman All-American, HM, RB, Sporting News (2007)
- UI Freshman Rushing Record (2007) - 1,175 yards
- UI Offensive Player of the Year (2007)
Nobody in this senior class got off to a faster, more impressive start than tailback Deonte Jackson. He quietly joined the program at the beginning of Dennis Erickson's infamous one-year stint in Moscow in 2006. Several speculated that the talented athlete would transfer out of Idaho and join Erickson at Arizona State, but Jackson stood behind his commitment to the University of Idaho and treated Vandal fans to the most prolific rushing season by a freshman in the history of the Vandal football program.
That season he rushed for 1,175 yards on 240 carries, was named the Idaho Offensive Player of the Year, was named a Second Team All-WAC selection, and was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-American Team as an Honorable Mention.
However, the meteoric start to his career would be hampered by a nagging back injury that effected his performance for the next two seasons. As a sophomore he split carries with Princeton McCarty and gained 696 yards on 161 carries and scored three touchdowns. As a junior last season, in a backfield that added the bruising DeMaundray Woolridge, Jackson gained 387 yards on 87 carries.
This year, carrying more of the load and operating behind a rebuilding Vandal offensive line, he has gained 443 yards on 111 carries. His top games this season include 77 yards at Colorado State, 67 yards at Nebraska, and 62 yards at Utah State. For his career he has gained 2,701 yards, has 599 carries, and has scored 16 Vandals TDs.
Keo, a 4-year starter, 3-year Captain, and 3-time All-WAC pick is Idaho's heart-and-soul on defense|
5-10.5, 216, Strong Safety / Punt Returner
Everett, WA (Archbishop Murphy High School)
- Voted Team Captain (2010)
- Named to Jim Thorpe Award watch list (2010)
- All-WAC, First Team, DB (2009)
- Phil Steele All-WAC, First Team (2009)
- Voted Team Captain (2009)
- Voted Team Captain (2008)
- All-WAC, Second Team, DB (2007)
- All-WAC, Second Team, Returner (2007)
- UI John Friesz MVP (2007)
- Freshman All-American, Honorable Mention (2006)
Although Deonte Jackson and Nathan Enderle jumped out to fast starts as redshirt freshmen in 2007, the athlete that may be most synonymous with Vandal football is most likely strong safety Shiloh Keo. A starter in the Vandal defensive backfield since his true freshman season in 2006 (when he was named an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News), Shiloh Keo has been a team leader from day one. A fierce competitor, he immediately began changing the attitude of the Vandal football program. He was going to be a special athlete, and it showed immediately.
Keo followed that stellar 2006 season up in 2007 by etching his name in the Idaho record books. As a sophomore he set a new UI record with a 100 yard punt return for a touchdown. He set a new UI record with a punt return average 16.79 yards per return. He ranked third in the WAC and sixth nationally in punt return average. He finished third on the team in total tackles with 81 take downs. He also finished second in the WAC with 4 picks on the year and second in Conference with three fumble recoveries. For the effort, he was named a second team All-WAC selection at both Safety and Punt Returner, and was voted Idaho's John Friesz Most Valuable Player for 2007.
Poised for a stellar 2008 season, his year was cut short with a season-ending shoulder surgery that forced him to take a medical redshirt year. During that season he remained an integral part of the team, spending time in the booth and wearing a headset on the sidelines, getting a fresh perspective for the game.
The 2009 season began right where he left off in 2007, as he was voted a Team Captain and guided the Vandal defense through a rebuilding year and helped Idaho to a Humanitarian Bowl victory. He again finished as Idaho's leading tackler with 109 take downs (70 solo and 39 assists), finished 10th nationally in solo tackles per game, and was named a First Team All-WAC selection.
As a senior this year, he has overseen a substantially improved defensive unit (ranked 19th nationally in tackles for loss). For the year he has 61 total tackles and three interceptions, and for his career has 357 tackles (5th all-time at UI) and 11 career interceptions (tied for 6th all-time at Idaho).
He's given everything to Vandal football, and his leadership will be difficult to replace in 2011.
Lavarias, a 4-year starter, flourished in his move to defensive end in 2009|
6-2.5, 260, Defensive End
Woodinville, WA (Woodinville High School)
- All-WAC, Second Team, DL (2009)
Aaron joined the Vandals in 2006 and redshirted his first season in Moscow. As a redshirt freshman in 2007 Aaron earned immediate and significant playing time primarily at defensive tackle, as well as reps at defensive end. But with depth issues inside, his primary focus was at defensive tackle. He had a productive first year for the Vandals, including starting five games at defensive tackle and finishing the season with 24 tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble.
As a redshirt sophomore in 2008 Lavarias finished with 21 tackles, including three tackles for loss and two QB hurries, again working primarily from the defensive tackle position.
In the spring of 2009, with interior depth developing, he had the opportunity to move permanently to DE and took full advantage of his shot at the position he was probably most suited to play. His motor, agility and strength - as well as two years experience as a starter - launched what proved to be a stellar 2009 season that ended with 52 tackles and four sacks, as well as being honored as a Second Team All-WAC selection.
His senior season has been equally impressive, with 50 tackles currently and nine sacks, plus his first career interception (which included rumbling 26 yards on the return at Hawaii). He has 148 career touchdowns and 13 sacks, and is ranked #24 in the nation in sacks, #34 in tackles for loss, and is ranked the number 55 NFL DE prospect (out of 170) by NFLDraftScout.com.
Ramos started the last two years at long-snapper for Idaho|
5-10.5, 256, Long Snapper
Rosemead, CA (Don Bosco Technical Institute)
If there is any single position where it just might be acceptable to NOT know the name of the player's name, it might be long-snapper. Not because this position is insignificant - quite the opposite actually. But Christopher Ramos may be the least known 2-year starter on the Vandal team, and that could be fine because it means he is performing his job flawlessly.
Well, it's time to meet Christopher Ramos.
Snaps to the punter are crisp and on target, and snaps to the holder on PATs fire back without failure. He performs his job almost perfectly - anonymously - but Vandal fans everywhere appreciate the precision he brings to his job.
Ramos joined the Vandals in 2009 from Mt. San Antonio College (Calif.) where he specialized as a long-snapper at the junior college level. He immdiately won the job at Idaho, taking over the job vacated by four-year starter Joel Jones. And he hasn't missed a beat since.
Sataraka played immediately as a redshirt freshman, and started the last two years at Noseguard|
6-2.5, 294, Nose Guard
Puyallup, WA (Gov John Rogers High School)
- Defensive Team Captain (2010)
- Defensive Team Captain (2009)
Sataraka has been a fixture on the Vandal defensive line since his redshirt freshman season of 2007. He earned significant reps as a freshman and sophomore in the noseguard rotation, including 21 tackles as a sophomore in 2008.
But it was his junior year in 2009 where he saw his stock rise steeply. He finished Idaho's Humanitarian Bowl season with 31 tackles (14 solo) and four sacks for the year.
As a senior this fall he has battled through injuries to register 27 tackles on the season and one sack (against Colorado State) in 12 games (did not play against UNLV).
Sekona made an immediate impact as a true freshman and played extensively for four years|
6-1.5, 292, Defensive Tackle
Lawndale, CA (Leuzinger High School)
A member of Robb Akey's first recruiting class at Idaho, Fono earned immediate playing time as a true freshman on the Vandal defensive line. An athlete with a solid combination of size, strength and agility, what he lacked in stats (seven games, three tackles) he made up for by starting FOUR games at defensive tackle and earning significant playing time at both defensive tackle and defensive end.
As a sophomore he earned more playing time and saw his total tackles jump to 13 on the year. Then last fall as a junior he continued to play a steady role in the Vandal rotation, registering nine take downs and also recording his first career sack for the Vandals.
This past spring he had one of the best fall camps of any of the returning linemen, and again saw his role on the Vandal defensive front rise. Despite missing the first three games of the season (as well as Hawaii game), he has 18 tackles on the season. For his career he has 43 tackles for the Vandals, with his sights set on making an impact this Saturday against San Jose State.
Senescall played extensively as a junior and senior, starting six games|
6-1, 228, Linebacker
Spokane, WA (Mead High School)
Mead (Spokane) High School standout linebacker PAUL SENESCALL signed with the Vandals in the spring of 2006 as part of then-head coach Nick Holt's third recruiting class. A First Team All-State selection (by AP, The Seattle Times, and The Tacoma News Tribune) and MVP of the Greater Spokane League, the three sport star joined the Vandals following a high school career that included three years as a starter and 303 career tackles. He transitioned from the gridiron to the wrestling mat with ease, winning Districts in the Class 4A 215 pound weight classification for the second year in a row, finished second in regionals, and capped off his high school wrestling career with a fourth place finish at the 2006 Mat Classic XVIII - WIAA State Wrestling Campionships.
His role in the Vandal defense gradually increased during his first two seasons in Moscow, and as a redshirt sophomore in 2008 the versatile Senescall served as the top backup for several linebacker positions. Against Utah State, Senescall led the Vandals with nine total tackles including seven solo takedowns, all while working as a BACKUP at WILL.
He repeated that nine tackle performance when he started the 2009 season as a junior at New Mexico State in the season opener. He finished the season with 51 tackles (tied for 6th) while starting 11 games and playing in 12 for the year.
For his career Senescall has 87 total tackles, 13 career starts and 4.5 tackles for loss.
Shaw made an immediate impact as a true freshman, and started the last two seasons|
6-2.5, 215, Wide Receiver
Ontario, CA (Colony High School)
Maurice was one of the top recruits in the class of 2007 (a prototypical target at 6-2, 190 pounds, and 4.6 speed), and he proved it on the field for the Vandals as a true freshman. He finished the '07 season with 23 receptions in 11 games, was fourth on the team with 276 yards (12.0 yards per reception), two touchdowns, and a long of 26 yards. He was named the starting split end for the last eight games of the 2007 season.
His productivity dipped slightly in 2008 as he recorded 11 receptions and 155 yards, including two touchdowns on the year.
As a junior in 2009 he had his most prolific year as a Vandal, finishing with 666 yards on 32 receptions with six touchdowns and a long of 73 yards. Famous for making acrobatic catches and his ability to stretch the field, he became a popular target for an emerging quarterback in Nathan Enderle.
In 11 games this season (he was unable to play in the Louisiana Tech game) he has 380 receiving yards on 29 receptions, with his biggest games coming at Colorado State (75 yards and a TD) and against New Mexico State (73 yards and a TD). For his career he has 1,477 yards receiving, 95 receptions, and 12 touchdowns for the Vandals.