Idaho players to watch

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comAugust 25, 2013 

Cindy Johnson

DE QUINTON BRADLEY Playing last season behind Benson Mayowa, now with the Seattle Seahawks, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound sophomore has learned well. He added 20 pounds during the offseason and has been a strong performer in the fall scrimmages, getting two sacks in the first one and knocking down Chad Chalich’s only incompletion in the second.

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QB CHAD CHALICH

Chalich, a redshirt freshman out of Coeur d’Alene High and a two-time 5A All-Idaho player of the year, has emerged as the likely starter after strong spring and fall camps. The 6-foot, 205 pounder threw for 414 yards in the Aug. 10 scrimmage. “He picked up our offense very quickly,” Idaho coach Paul Petrino said.

WR NAJEE LOVETT

The 5-9, 168-pound senior had 50 receptions for 548 yards and a team-high six TDs last year after transferring from JC. He is the top returning receiver and also may factor in as a returner. “Last year was my first year, so I was kind of adjusting throughout the season, and I’m feeling way more comfortable now,” Lovett said.

C MIKE MARBOE

A starter in all 24 of Idaho’s games the past two seasons, the 6-2, 296-pound junior is on the Rimington Trophy watch list for the second straight season, which honors the nation’s top center. He anchors an offensive line that returns two other starters.

LB MARC MILLAN

One of three junior college transfers expected to start at linebacker, the 6-1, 215-pounder will play strongside. He had 70 tackles, including 7.5 for losses, last season at Santa Ana College. “He’s a playmaker, moves really well,” Petrino said.

K/P AUSTIN REHKOW

His 67-yard field goal last season for Spokane’s Central Valley High made ESPN’s SportsCenter. Now the freshman is expected to take over for departed kicker Trey Farquhar and punter Bobby Cowan. “I think he’s definitely capable of handling both duties for us this season,” Petrino said.

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