Year two after Dennis Erickson left Idaho is looking to rebound after a disappointing 1-11 season and finishing last in the WAC. There is not too much too get excited about with Idaho, because they have been one of the worst teams in all of college football. Their history is not too kind to the Vandals who have not had any significant wins in their school history.
Offense: The Vandals do return all 11 offensive starters, so their offense should be better then last year. They did score 21 points per game which is a good thing to build off of last year and with all eleven starters back this offensive unit will be cohesive and just another year seasoned in division one football.
Nathan Enderle was the starter in 2007 when he played in nine games, missing the other three after undergoing surgery on his throwing hand midway through the season. Enderle completed only 44.3 percent of his throws and threw just 10 touchdowns compared to 18 interceptions. Most of those miscues were due to inexperience between both the quarterback and the receivers, however this upcoming year they should be better overall.
The team did score 21 per game which is pretty good but turnovers were a problem they did not get more points. The only real bright spots in last year’s miserable 1-11 season was the performance of then-redshirt freshman Deonte Jackson, who ran for 1,175 yards and seven touchdowns. Jackson has a chance to be a playmaker in the WAC and in a year with the Vandals always behind getting 1,175 yards is quite impressive, and if the team can produce a more stable passing game while keeping games close Jackson could see anywere from 1,300-1,600 yards.
Receiving is the weakest point of this team they have solid tight ends but the wide outs are young and frankly were not good last year. The top returning threat at is senior tight end Eddie Williams who caught 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for 81 yards and three scores on nine carries. This position is wide open and any of the newcomers has a chance to make a big play it just depends who will be able to do that.
Defense: Was terrible they gave up 36 points per game and ranked in the 100’s out 119 I-A football teams. The Vandals returning only half of their starters with five, but out of those the deffensive line and ends are where the strength will be this season. The position is young with multiple players only being sophomores for the upcoming season, but they did play a lot and have the experience.
the Vandals lost their four starters at linebacker last season, including the top two tacklers and three of the top six. In saying that the replacements have the potential to be better then that group but they are all new starters who had limited playing time last year.
The defense has a lot of holes to fill and hope to improve off of last yeasrs performance, which should not be too hard.
Early Predicition: The Aztecs have no business losing to the Vandals, but weirder things have happened look for the San Diego State to win by two touchdowns.