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Idaho Announces Depth Chart
MARLIN SMITH / VandalVenue.com
Senior Editor, VandalVenue.com
Posted Aug 31, 2004
The University of Idaho Vandal football team releases their first depth chart of fall. As expected, the chart includes a significant number of true freshmen making the 2-deep depth chart, with a sizeable number of juniors and seniors (23) stepping up.
Official Depth Chart (PDF)
VandalVenue.com Depth Chart
There are some noteworthy observations with the first official depth chart, some of which include the following:
(1) The loss of
forced a significant shuffling of the Vandal offensive line for the season opener.
moves from right tackle to left tackle to take over for Hank, while
moves from guard to right tackle. The guards will be manned by senior
, with junior
lining up at center. The backups, though talented, will be young and inexperienced.
moves from runningback to tightend, and will backup senior
. It is uncertain how much action sophomores
will see in the game as they continue to recover from injuries (mostly sustained last season).
(3) Among the top 6 receivers are
(2003: 11 games, 30 receptions for 316 yards and 4 TDs),
(2003: 11 games, 26 receptions, 438 yards, 2 TDs),
(2003: 11 games, 19 receptions, 322 yards, 2 TDs), and
(2003: 7 games, 15 receptions, 181 yards). Rounding out the top of the rotation is junior
and incoming freshman
earned top 2 honors at runningback.
(5) Three true freshmen made the defensive 2-deeps, including
who is listed as the starter at strong safety.
joins fellow tri-cities native
as his backup at DE, while the
will work as the backup MIKE.
is listed as the #2 punt returner, and has looked solid this fall at CB.
(6) A couple redshirt freshmen continue to impress at cornerback.
gets the starting nod opposite senior
will be backing up Ruffin.
(7) Former walkon
, a redshirt freshman out of Coeur d'Alene, will work as the #2 free safety. In addition, redshirt freshman
will work as the #2 strongside linebacker (SAM) behind junior
As expected, there is a significant amount of youth throughout the Vandal depth chart. However, the team is playing with an energy level that has seemed to be missing the last few years, and preliminary reports are that overall team speed has seen a nice improvement this fall.
All of which should make for an interesting match-up this Saturday in Boise.
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