Preview 2009 Colorado State Opponents: Idaho Vandals

Jeremy@jeremymaussSenior Writer IJuly 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Nathan Enderle #10 of the University of Idaho Vandals hands off the ball during the game against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Idaho is well to be nice not any good last year they were 2-10 and one of those was against FCS in-state opponent Idaho State. A few good things, and I reiterated few, is the starting quarterback is Nathan Enderle who is returning for his third year under center.

Hope is for Idaho is that Enderle can improve off of his 54 completion percentage which jumped 10 percent from 2007-2008. This could be reached because the Vandals only lose their top receiver who was their tight end, but the do return Max Komar, Preston Davis, Maurice Shaw, and Eric Greenwood.

The running game does have hope with Deonte' Jackson returning his 696 yards, and if Idaho can stay in games Jackson has the chance to breakout and get to 1,000 yards. That said Idaho needs to replace three starters from the offensive line, so space may be limited for any back trying to gain yards.

Nathan Enderle54.32,0072017
RushingCarriesYardsYards Per CarryTD
Deonte' Jackson1616964.33
Princeton McCarty774806.23
ReceivingCatchesYardsYards Per CatchTD
Max Komar2629811.50
Preston Davis2729611.03
Deonte' Jackson161116.90


The defensive bright spots are few and far between, but their best unit is the secondary lead by strong safety Shiloh Keo. This unit better be improved because Idaho gave up 262 yards per game in the air. That porous pass defense directly translated to a scoring defense that was last in the WAC, and 118th nationally while giving up 42.8 points per game.

Turnover margin is a key factor to how good, or in this case bad, a team is and Idaho was—to no surprise—near the bottom of the NCAA's with a minus 13. That margin is hard to repeat and Phil Steele is a staunch believer that teams with a bad turnover margin have the best chance to improve in their following season.

In theory the Vandals should be improved, but there is no escaping the bottom of the WAC in 2009.