D'Mario Carter with the ball at Kennedy High
WITH THE VANDALS LAUNCHING SPRING CAMP this past Thursday in preparation for the 2011 season, the University of Idaho released an updated roster with updated heights and weights, as well as the addition of four new names in for spring. The list includes a defensive end (Marius Burgsmueller), strong safety (D'Mario Carter), tightend/defensive end (Tyson Heller), and wide receiver (Jacob Seamons).
Below are brief bios for each of the new athletes added to the University of Idaho roster. Each name below is clickable, going to their bio page on GoVandals.net.
#94 Marius Burgsmueller, 6-5.5, 266, DE
Leopold-Hoesch-Berufskolleg Vocational School (Dortmund, Germany)
We don't have a ton of information on the big athlete out of Germany yet, but we're digging. What we know is the following:
- At the Leopold-Hoesch-Berufskolleg vocational school in Dortmund (Germany), Burgsmueller registered 65 tackles (53 solo take downs), including 10.5 sacks as a senior.
Marius is an exceptional athlete with an outstanding combination of size (6-foot-5.5 and 266-pounds) and speed (reported 4.68-40), and joins the Vandals out of Dortmund, Germany. He will reportedly be a freshman in 2011 and is already enrolled at Idaho and practicing with the team in spring drills, as he prepares to battle for immediate playing time in the Vandal defensive end rotation.
- Playing at a monsterous 6-foot-5 and 260-pounds, Burgsmueller also knocked down four passes, forced three fumbles and recovered two on the year.
#26 D'Mario Carter, 5-11, 204, Strong Safety
Kennedy High School (Burien, WA)
As a senior in 2008, Carter assumed his role as one of the leaders for the Kennedy High School (Burien, Wash.) Lancers defense, always making tackles and playing actively in pursuit. At only 6-foot-0 and 215-pounds with 4.50-40 speed, Carter likely projects as a safety in college (rather than his customary linebacker position at Kennedy), plays well in space, and moves good sideline to sideline. Even since the Emerald City Kickoff Classic earlier in the fall of his senior year, Carter has improved, specifically in the angles he takes, and his ability to shake off the blocks in the open field and get to the ball carrier.
D'Mario signed with Central Washington University out of Kennedy High School in 2009 and spent the '09 and '10 seasons with the Wildcats. Carter redshirted the 2009 season, and in 2010 played in 10 games where he registered six tackles on special teams and as part of the linebacker rotation.
For the 2011 season Carter transferred to the University of Idaho and enrolled in January. Although he must sit out the 2011 season (as a redshirt sophomore) due to transfer rules, he will be preparing to make an immediate impact in 2012 as a junior.
#89 Tyson Heller, 6-2.5, 243, TE/DE, Redshirt Freshman
Caldwell High School (Caldwell, ID)
Heller, a standout 6-foot-3, 230-pound two-way starter at tightend and defensive end at Caldwell High School, was voted a Second Team All-Southern Idaho Conference tightend as a senior in 2009. His senior offensive stats included 242 yards receiving (24 receptions) and two touchdowns for the Cougars, as well as 58 yards rushing on 18 carries and another 3 TDs for the bruiser who was a two-way starter that also played on several special teams units (including lining up at long-snapper). Defensively he recorded 45 tackles, two sacks, batted down two passes and forced a fumble. For his efforts he was invited to play in the Shrine East-West All-Star Football Game where he was invited as a standout defensive end.
For his career Heller logged 547 receiving yards (long of 35 yards), scored five touchdowns receiving, with 115 career tackles, eight sacks, five forced fumbles and six blocked passes. As a junior he was an honorable mention All-SIC tightend at Caldwell, and as a sophomore was an honorable mention All-League quarterback at Marsing High School.
Heller joined the Vandals last fall and redshirted. He will be competing for playing time at tightend (with some looks at DE) and on several special teams units.
#84 Jacob "Jake" Seamons, 5-7, 176, WR, Redshirt Freshman
Kuna High School (Kuna, ID)
Although Jake Seamons only played organized football for two years (as a high school junior and senior) prior to enrolling at the University of Idaho, he made an impact on the Kuna (Ida.) High School football team. As a senior in 2009 he caught 20 passes for 210 yards, carried the ball five times for 80 yards, and returned five kicks for a total of 300 yards and one touchdown (a 76 yard explosion against Skyview) for the Kavemen. He reports a 4.49-40.
Beyond the gridiron, he was a standout in the classroom, and was named to the Idahho High School All-Academic Teams as an All-State selection and All-Southern Idaho Conference pick (carried a 4.1 GPA at Kuna).
Seamons joined the Vandals last fall and redshirted. He will be battling for playing time at wide receiver and on special teams this fall.
LINK: GoVandals.net UPDATED FOOTBALL ROSTER