Although the rebuilding process at Idaho continues, 2006 saw the most First Team All Conference selections since Idaho had four named to the All Big West First Team in 2000. Senior left guard Jade Tadvick, and juniors Stanley Franks (cornerback) and DAVID VOBORA (linebacker) each earned First Team All Western Athletic Conference honors for their stellar work on the gridiron this season.
The staff and readers of VandalVenue.com would like to congratulate the 2006 Vandal football players who earned First Team All WAC honors this season. This is the most Vandals to earn First Team honors since four were named to the 2000 All Big West Team. Two of the three to earn first team honors this year are juniors and will be cornerstones for the 2007 Vandal defense, and the senior could find himself on an NFL roster next fall.
Congratulations to Jade Tadvick, Stanley Franks, and David Vobora on a fantastic 2006 season.
Jade has started 35 games for the Vandals since his redshirt freshman season in 2003.
6-5, 314, Senior, Left Guard
Senior offensive guard JADE TADVICK (6-5, 314), a four year starter on the Idaho offensive line, earned All-Conference honors this week for the first time in his career. Fittingly, it was first team recognition. Tadvick moved into the starting left guard slot as a redshirt freshman for Idaho in 2003 and started every game. In 2004, former head coach Nick Holt's first season at Idaho, Tadvick was the only player to play in every game for Idaho. That season he also ended up starting at least one game at every position except center. In 2005 Tadvick played in every game except for a mid-season skid when he was sidelined with a ruptured appendix. As senior this fall, Jade was one of Idaho's most consistent offensive linemen, and the left side of the line (manned by Tadvick and fellow senior Nate VanderPol), was generally Idaho's first choice in short yardage situations.
Pro scouts came to watch Tadvick on at least one occasion this season, and he could take a shot at the NFL this spring.
Stanley joined the Vandals last December, by spring was Idaho's starting cornerback, and this season tied a 38-year old record for interceptions in a season.
5-11, 167, Junior, Cornerback
Junior cornerback STANLEY FRANKS (5-11, 167), an athlete who transferred this fall to Idaho from Long Beach Community College as a wide receiver recruit, finished the 2006 regular season tied with San Jose State's Dwight Lowery as the nation's leader in interceptions on the year, with a U of I record tying 9 picks on the season. His 98 yard interception return for a touchdown against Utah State electrified his Vandal team for a 41-21 road win over the Aggies. His two interceptions against 1-AA Idaho State in the Dome led Idaho to its first win of the season. Despite playing wide receiver throughout his JC career, he moved into the starting cornerback spot for Idaho during spring camp, and was Idaho's starter in the season opener at Michigan State.
Franks tied a 38-year-old record at Idaho for interceptions in a single season, joining Ken Dotson (1968) and Jim Norton (1958) in the Idaho record books. He recorded the most interception by a Vandal since Charlie Oliver's 6 picks in 1990.
EDITOR'S NOTE: According to our record books, Stanley's 220 interception return yards set a NEW University of Idaho single season record that had previously stood for 48-years, breaking Jim Norton's 1958 record of 217 return yards. Franks's 24.4 yards per return (minimum 4 interceptions) is third all-time behind Charlie Oliver (27.2 in 1990) and Art Chubb (24.5 in 1968), and just ahead of Jim Norton (27.1, 1958).
David started every game for Idaho this season, and led the conference in tackles.
6-1, 225, Junior, Weakside Linebacker
University of Idaho junior inside linebacker DAVID VOBORA finished the regular season ranked #7 in the country in total tackles (134, 11.17 per game), and #4 in the country in solo tackles (84, 7.00 per game). He was among the nations leaders in both categories all season, and finished the regular season No. 1 in the Western Athletic Conference in solo tackles.
Vobora also finished the year tied for 20th in the country in tackles for loss on the year with 15.5 (tied with LaMarr Woodley of Michigan, Derek Landri of Notre Dame, and Cameron Craig of Army).
As far as the Idaho record book is concerned, his 134 tackles this year moves him into 8th place in Idaho's single season record book, behind 136 set by John Kirtland (1975) and Cole Snyder (2004), and just ahead of Ryan Skinner's mark of 132 set in 1997.