UPDATE: JoJo Dickson Injury

25 10 2010

In picking up their first conference victory of the season Saturday, the Idaho football paid a steep price.

Starting middle linebacker JoJo Dickson suffered a broken leg in the third quarter, after New Mexico State runningback Kenny Turner blindsided the senior at the end of a play.

The hit ended Dickson’s season and likely his college career.

Here’s a look at the hit.

Being the leader that Dickson is, many Idaho players reacted emotionally following the hit.  As you can see in the video, it got to the point where head coach Robb Akey had to gather his football team to reminded them what they were playing for  – a WAC win, not retaliation.

Today, coach Akey gave an update on JoJo’s status, stating the surgery went well.

After his weekly press conference was over, coach Akey said that it’s likely to late in the season for Dickson to be granted a medical redshirt, but added that would not prevent him from trying.

Either way, Idaho players and coaches will just have to hope that playing for JoJo will match his production on the field.

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jtv: Robb Akey’s Weekly Press Conference

13 10 2010

As the Idaho prepares to take on Louisiana Tech, head football coach Robb Akey’s was animated as usual at his weekly press conference.
Among the thinks he discussed…

  • The health of junior runningback Princeton McCarty
  • Louisiana Tech’s revolving door at quarterback
  • The Bulldogs defense (allowed just 6 points last week at Utah State)
  • The benefits of having a bye week before conference play

…as for me, I have to go run some wind sprints!  Coach Akey will tell you why…

*Use 480p setting for better quality





jtv: UNLV at Idaho

22 09 2010

Miss last Saturday’s big win for Idaho?  No worries, jtv has your back.  Watch all the big plays from the Vandals 30-7 win over the Rebels in just six minutes.

Besides, who doesn’t need a distraction right when they get back from lunch?





jtv: Jackson Doubles (Touch)Down Against Las Vegas

22 09 2010

Idaho senior runningback Deonte Jackson spurned his hometown UNLV Rebels out of high school to head to the Gem State and suit up for the Idaho Vandals.  Last Saturday, the talented speedster showed he made the right choice.

3 – Deonte Jackson              
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD
2007 240 1175 4.9 50 7 17 153 9 47 0
2008 161 696 4.3 28 3 16 111 6.9 33 0
2009 87 387 4.4 59 2 10 101 10.1 21 1
2010 23 99 4.3 20 2 3 42 14 19 0
ON PACE 100 429 4.3 19 9 13 182 14 19 0
Team-high                




Press Row: Robb Akey’s Weekly Press Conference

21 09 2010

Idaho head football coach Robb Akey had plenty to say at his weekly press conference yesterday.  Among the topics he discussed…

  • The outstanding play of the Vandal defense
  • The emergence of sophomore cornerback Aaron Grymes and the overall amount of competition they have in the defensive backfield
  • WAC vs MWC matchups don’t have any added importance
  • Colorado State is looking for payback after Idaho’s comeback win over the Rams last season




That’s WAC: Week Three

20 09 2010

SCORES AND SCHEDULE
WAC Record
Non-Conference: 4-3 record, 3-3 vs FBS, 0-0 vs top 25
Overall: 11-11 record, 7-11 vs FBS, 1-5 vs top 25

WAC STANDINGS    
  CONF OVERALL
Fresno State  1-0  2-0
Nevada  0-0  3-0
Boise State  0-0  2-0
Idaho  0-0  2-1
Hawai’i  0-0  1-2
Louisiana Tech  0-0  1-2
San Jose State  0-0  1-2
New Mexico State  0-0  0-2
Utah State  0-1  1-2

Friday, September 17
California 31 at Nevada 52 – Final

Saturday, September 18
Hawai’i 13 at Colorado 31 – Final
Navy 37 at Louisiana Tech 23 – Final
Southern Utah 11 at San Jose State 16 – Final
Fresno State 41 at Utah State 24 – Final
Boise State 51 at Wyoming 6 – Final
New Mexico State 10 at UTEP -42 – Final
UNLV 7 at Idaho 30 – Final

TOP PERFORMERS
Passing:
1. Kellen Moore, JR (BSU): 20-30, 370 yds, 2 td, int vs Wyoming
2. Bryant Moniz, JR (UH): 27-41, 330 yds, 1 td, 1 int vs Colorado
3. Colby Cameron, SO (LT): 31-43, 251 yds, 1 td, 2 int vs Navy
4. Nathan Enderle, SR (UI): 15-27, 210 yds, td, int vs UNLV
5. Matt Christian, JR (NMSU): 21-40, 200 yds, int vs UTEP

Rushing:
1. A.J. Ellis, SO (FSU): 29 car, 165 yds, 2 td vs Utah State
2. Vai Taua, SR (NEV): 25 car, 151 yds, td vs California
3. Colin Kaepernick, SR (NEV): 17 car, 148 yds, 3 td vs California
4. Doug Martin, JR (BSU): 17 car, 105 yds, td vs Wyoming
5. Lennon Creer, JR (LT): 13 car, 90 yds vs Navy

Receiving:
1. Kealoha Pilares, SR (UH): 6 rec, 117 yds, 1 td vs Colorado
2. Greg Salas, SR (UH): 9 rec, 94 yds vs Colorado
3. Titus Young, SR (BSU): 4 rec, 94 yds, td vs Wyoming
4. Taukib Ikharo, JR (LT): 10 rec, 88 yds, td vs Navy
5. Austin Pettis, SR (BSU): 3 rec, 88 yds, td vs Wyoming

CONFERENCE OUTLOOK
With Nevada taking the cake with a victory over Pac-10-foe California, the Western Athletic Conference climbed back to .500 against non-conference opponents this week.  Wolfpack senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a one-man wrecking crew against the Bears, lighting them up for five touchdowns (2 passing, 3 rushing) on national television.  Other than that, Boise State dominated Wyoming – as expected – while Idaho – maybe unexpectedly – put it to UNLV, thanks to a strong defensive effort.
As for New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech, both of their losses were to be expected.  The Aggies are just plain bad, while Navy (preseason ranked #25) clearly outmatched the Bulldogs.  I predicted (UH 31 – CU 23) a much better showing out of the Warriors against the Buffaloes (22.6 points per game ranks 66th in NCAA).  But surprise, surprise, their defense was nowhere to be found.
Finally, in the first conference matchup of the season, Utah State hung around as long as it could with perennial power Fresno State.  In the end, the Aggies simply ran out of gas as senior quarterback Diondre Borel struggled to throw the ball (11-of-23, 106 yds, td).  The Bulldogs seemingly found Ryan Mathews replacement at runningback, as sophomore A.J. Ellis ran for a career-high 165 yards (Last week, Ellis only carried the ball one time!  Once!).
 
STAT OF THE WEEK – WAC Backs Kicking It Into Gear
  • 100-yard rushing performances in weeks 1 and 2: 2
  • 100-yard rushing performances in week 3: 4

Noting the lack of production on the ground, Idaho head coach Robb Akey placed an emphasis on establishing the run this week.
“We need to get back to being able to run the ball,” Akey said.  “We need to be able to run and throw the football equally.”

  •  Games 1 & 2: Pass Plays – 87, Run Plays – 64
  • Game 3: Pass Plays – 27, Run Plays – 39

…sure it helped they had a big lead, but Akey showed his eagerness early by running the ball eight times on their opening drive that covered 69-yards on 14 plays, and chewed up 6:31 of game clock.

As for the others teams who were looking to do something similar apparently…

  • Boise State
    Games 1: 22 rush attempts
    Game 2:  55 rush attempts (ran on 15 of opening 26 plays)
  • Utah State
    Games 1 & 2: 19.5 rush attempt per game
    Game 3:  45 rush attempts (ran on 10 of opening 15 plays) 
  • Fresno State
    Game 1 – 30 rush attempts
    Game 2 – 44 rush attempts
  • San Jose State
    Games 1 & 2 – 24.5 rush attempt per game
    Game 3: 30  rush attempts
  • Nevada
    Games 1 & 2 – 45.0 rush attempt per game
    Game 3: 49 rush attempts (ran on 14 of opening 20 plays)

MOUNTAIN WORST CONFERENCE
With all the realignment chaos over the last few months (and don’t assume it’s over), one has to wonder how much better the Mountain West Conference is than the Western Athletic Conference – if it is at all.  Both Boise State and Idaho had dominant performances against two MWC opponents on Saturday, outscoring them a combine 81-13.  Boise State racked up 635 total yards on offense in beating Wyoming 51-6, while Idaho didn’t allow UNLV inside the redzone until there was under two minutes left in the game, resulting in a 30-7 victory.
Sure San Diego State beat up on New Mexico State a week ago yesterday, but so will the rest of the WAC once conference play kicks off as the Aggies are one of the worst teams in the nation (CBSSports.com ranks them 115… out of 120!)
Next week figures to be A-BIG-ONE!  Idaho travels to Colorado State, Nevada goes to BYU, San Jose State heads to Utah, and Utah State will hit the road to play San Diego State.
The one obvious thing all those games have in common – the MWC will be the home team in each contest.
I think the Vandals and Wolfpack will pick up wins, while the Spartans stand little chance to even compete with the Utes.  The wildcard will be the Aggies and Aztecs.  An even matchup, both were preseason picks to finish sixth in their respective conferences and are looking to bounce back after losses over the weekend.
I know realignment has more to do with dollars than donuts (donuts = current caliber of play in each conference as a whole.  I know it doesn’t make much sense.  Sorry!  Best I could do…), and that many of the teams doing the damage are the ones jumping ship to the MWC, but as it stands right now, my money is on the WAC.





Akey’s Army Ready For Battle With Big Red

6 09 2010

Idaho head football coach Robb Akey had plenty to say at his weekly Monday press conference.  Among the key notes…

  • The offensive line has worked out its protection issues from last Thursday.
  • Nebraska’s defense will present a big challenge for the Vandals offense.
  • Senior QB Nathan Enderle is looking to put on a show as he returns to his home state.
  • The outlook on RB Deonte Jackson and others banged up in the season-opener against North Dakota is good.

That’s it for now.  Later on, I’ll be posting video from today’s presser as Akey also discusses how Idaho benefits from intentionally scheduling their season-opener on a Thursday.

Happy Labor Day, Folks!