At the close of spring drills, the Vandal football team voted on captains for the 2004 season. The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order, including a brief biography on each athlete.
From all of us at VandalVenue.com, congratulations to all 5 athletes on this outstanding team honor.
#7 MICHAEL HARRINGTON, 6-4, 199, Junior, Quarterback
Portland, Oregon (Central Catholic High School)
Michael joined the Vandals in 2001 and redshirted that season in former head coach Tom Cable’s second recruiting class. After seeing time in 4 games as a redshirt freshman in 2002, including his best game of the year in the season finale (a 3-point loss to New Mexico State), in which he went 20 of 35 for 219 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. As a redshirt sophomore in 2003, Mike went into the season the team’s #1 quarterback, displacing All-Conference senior Brian Lindgren for the first 5 games of the season. The team, and the offense in particular, struggled those first few games of the year, and consequently Harrington’s numbers were below expectations for the year.
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Mike comes into the 2004 campaign as the team’s unanimous #1 quarterback, a recognized team leader, and he is now working under the watchful eye of quarterbacks coach, and former Oregon State record setting quarterback Jonathan Smith (his records include 469 passing yards in a game against Washington, plus 9,680 passing yards in his career, among 5 other OSU records). Mike looked solid throughout most of the spring, and will spend the summer working with the receiving corp to implement Holt’s new schemes and improve the consistency of Idaho’s return to the spread offense.
In high school, Harrington completed 61% of his passes his senior year for 2,900 yards with 38 touchdowns. He earned Mt. Hood Conference’s Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior, was named 1st Team All Conference at quarterback and punter, and was named a 2nd Team All-State selection. He earned 2nd Team All Conference honors as a junior. He was also a captain on his basketball team as a senior, earning All Conference honors.
Michael was on the honor roll all 4 years in high school, and is majoring in Marketing at Idaho.
#86 BRANDON KANIA, 6-3, 224, Senior, Defensive End
Pasco, Washington (Pasco High School)
Brandon joined the Vandals in 2001 in Coach Cable’s second recruiting class at Idaho, and was immediately called into duty. By the 3rd game of the season, due in part to injuries, Brandon had moved into the starting defensive end role. His first game as a starter? The third game of the season, which happened to against Washington in Husky Stadium.
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Idaho lost the game (a 53-3 Husky victory), but the game launched Brandon’s career. The game was also largely responsible for Brandon being named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News as he recorded 9 tackles, 1 pass interception and a deflection.
For 2001 Brandon ended the year with 46 tackles, including a team-best 10 tackles for loss and 7 quarterback sacks. As a sophomore in 2002, Brandon started 8 of 12 games and tallied 41 tackles and 8 tackles for loss (both #3 on the team), and 3 sacks. Last year, as a true-junior, Brandon started all 12 games, recorded 46 tackles (6th on the team), 8 tackles for loss, 2 quarterback sacks, 2 QB hurries, and forced a fumble.
Brandon’s high school career was impressive. At Pasco High he was a starter at both defensive end and tight end. As a senior, his honors at defensive end included being named to the All State team by the Associated Press, Seattle Times, and Tacoma News Tribune. He also earned All Conference and All Area honors. He earned All Conference and All Area honors as a junior, and honorable mention in both classifications as a sophomore.
Scholastically, Brandon was a member of the National Honors Society in high school, and at Idaho is majoring in Agricultural Systems Management.
#22 SIMEON STEWART, 5-8, 179, Senior, Free Safety
Tacoma, Washington (Mt. Tahoma High School)
The staff of VandalVenue.com is truly impressed with Simeon. Not just because of this team honor, but the way in which he earned it. He came into the Vandal program as a high school prospect, worked hard and steadily saw his playing time increase each of the past 3 seasons, and has developed into a player that not only earned a spot at the top of the depth chart as a senior this past spring, but also the respect of his teammates to be voted a captain as a senior.
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Simeon signed with Idaho in 2000 in Coach Cable’s first recruiting class. He redshirted the 2000 season and began seeing significant playing time as a backup defensive back his redshirt freshman season (8 tackles, 3 solo, 1 QB sack). In each of the following 2 seasons Simeon’s duties, and hence his numbers, steadily increased (10 games, 10 tackles as a RS-Soph, and 11 games, 1 start, and 18 tackles last season).
He’s proven to be a verstatile defensive back, working primarily as a safety but moving to support the cornerback depth chart last season. He returns to safety for his senior campaign, and is battling for the starting free safety position this fall. Whether or not he starts, he will be a very prominent part of the Vandal defensive backfield in 2004.
Simeon was a 3-year starter at defensive back and wide receiver for Mt. Tahoma, earning All Conference recognition as a senior. As a senior he was named a team captain, voted the team’s Most Valuable Player, and twice in his high school career was named the school’s Athlete of the Year.
Simeon is majoring in Public Communications at Idaho.
#77 HANK THERIEN, 6-7, 321, RS-Sophomore, Left Tackle
Corvalis, Oregon (Crescent Valley High School)
It’s not often that a sophomore is voted a team captain by the team, but as is often the case with this particular Vandal athlete, Hank is the exception to that rule.
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An enormous athlete, even by Division 1-A offensive line standards, Hank impressed not only the Idaho coaches and fans as a redshirt freshman last season, but the media and Conference coaches as well. He was picked this summer by coaches and media as a preseason 1st Team All Conference tackle. He is also listed by nfldraft.com as one of the top prospects for the 2007 NFL draft.
Through 12 games last season Hank battled classmate Nate VanderPol (6-6, 296) for the starting strong tackle job, earning the starting nod in 8 games (Hank is listed as the starting left tackle going into fall drills, with Nate listed as the starting right tackle coming out of spring). Idaho returns 3 very young, talented and big linemen with starting experience from last season (Hank, Nate, and classmate guard Jade Tadvick, 6-5, 320), and Hank is starting to look like one of the primary anchors of that line.
A monster high schooler at 6-7, 318, Hank wasn’t named a starter until his senior season. He made an impact however, earning All Conference honors in that single season, and was named the top offensive lineman at the Oregon Nike Camp.
Hank is majoring in Marketing at Idaho.
#36 BRIAN YARNO, 6-0, 231, Senior, Runningback / Long-Snapper
Redmond, Washington (Redmond High School)
Brian has seen growing duties in the Vandal backfield the last 3 years, but it is on special teams where he has been an invaluable asset since his redshirt freshman season. Brian has played in virtually every game for 3 seasons as the team's long-snapper throughout his career, handling this pressure-packed job with impressive precision. He earned the job outright as a redshirt freshman.
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As a runningback / fullback, Brian has seen a steady increase in his time on the field. As a junior last season he caught 7 passes in 8 games, including 2 touchdown strikes. As a sophomore Brian saw occasional action behind then-senior Kevin O’Connell, sharing backup duties with classmate Willie Sipoloa.
As a senior under first year Head Coach Nick Holt, Brian will stay in the backfield (Willie has moved to tight-end), and is virtually a lock to start on special teams as the team’s long-snapper for his senior campaign.
At Redmond High School, Brian was a tight-end who earned 1st Team All Conference honors as a senior and 2nd Team honors as a junior. As a senior and Team Captain, he caught 27 passes for 380 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Brian is majoring in marketing.