Vandal Fall Camp Report

Spring Camp file photo of Marcus Pedro

Vandal defensive end MARCUS PEDRO back in the mix; grayshirt freshman rocket Princeton McCarty dons gear; true freshman Dewey Hale sporting a black jersey; JC transfer TE Kevin Small gets shot at new position; and more.

WEATHER: It appeared that just about everyone involved was glad to have the afternoon session today at night -- it was in the 90s today, but dipped into the upper 70s under the lights of the SprinTurf practice fields.


Princeton McCarty ran a 4.34-40 at the USC Nike Camp and was named the Yosemite League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior wide receiver, cornerback, and return specialist.

The biggest news of the session was seeing grayshirt freshman rocket Princeton McCarty on the field in helmet, jersey and shorts. He was working out with the runningbacks and fielding a few kicks. This is the first time Princeton has been able to "officially" work with the team since enrolling at Idaho, but it is extremely likely that his speed will make him an impact player immediately. He has worked extremely hard to get this opportunity and we look forward to covering his development in the coming weeks and years.


Also in the "extremely good news" category was seeing JC transfer DE Marcus Pedro on the field tonight as well for the first time since Camp began. Marcus (6-1, 270) had climbed to the top of the Vandal DE depth chart during spring drills after transferring to Idaho in January, and it is expected that he will play a prominant role in the Vandal DE rotation this fall. He will definitely boost a Vandal defensive line that has been looking better than anticipated and headed in the right direction.

Brian Flowers was working full-go tonight and we expect to see his impact increase in the Vandal offense as fall drills continue.


POSSIBLE POSITION CHANGES: These may be just temporary, but they are something to keep tabs on:

- Dewey Hale, true freshman athlete out of Paris High School (Paris, Texas), was working with the defensive backs Tuesday night and wearing a #16 black jersey. Last week he was working with the wide receivers. He has good speed and plays a tough brand of Texas football. Last week, while playing wide receiver, he put a punishing hit on a Vandal defender after an interception. We didn't think it would take long for him to get a shot at D...

- Big JC transfer tightend Kevin Small, a 6-3, 261-pound athlete out of Paolomar Junior College and Escondido High School, spent tonight's session working with the D-Line. It's impossible to know how permanent this change will be, but Small certainly isn't hurting for size.


INJURY UPDATE: Good news tonight as a couple of players continue to rehab from injuries and migrate back to the field for the 2007 season.

- Quin Ashley, a true freshman athlete out of Paris High School (Paris, Texas), was off crutches for the first time since injuring a leg last week. Quin is a front-runner to get serious playing time this fall in the Vandal defensive backfield (safety), and his return to the field will have an immediate impact on the backfield depth.

- We believe JC transfer cornerback Breyon Williams (5-9, 183), banged up in a collision with Vandal runningback Jayson Bird last week (who also was slowed by the impact), was suited up and in a red jersey tonight. He's considered a strong candidate for the starting CB position opposite All-WAC 1st teamer Stanley Franks, so getting him back in the fold will be a major impact.


INSIDE SLANT: The Vandal goal line defense may be getting a makeover this fall, at least in certain situations. Near the end of practice the team lined up for live offense vs. defense from the 4-yard line. In the middle of one of the #1 vs. #1 series we saw Mike Iupati (6-6, 320) and Marcis Fennell (6-1, 301) both getting reps on the D-line. For those that remember our coverage of the two during recruiting, you will recall that BOTH were California All-CIF defensive tackle selections as seniors and came to Idaho with the possibility of playing on either side of the ball. In certain situations, this combination (as well as others) could be a possibility this fall. How often, if at all, remains to be seen. The importance is that Idaho now has options like this, and it will only create increased competition throughout the trenches.



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