Vandal LBs plan to make name for themselves

LEWISTON TRIBUNEAugust 29, 2013 


    When: 5 p.m. MDT Saturday

    Where: Apogee Stadium (30,850, PowerBlade HP +), Denton, Texas

    TV: None

    Radio: KFXD (630 AM)

    Rankings: Both unranked

    Series: North Texas leads 5-4 (last meeting: North Texas 51-29 in Denton, 2004)

    Vegas line: North Texas by 15

MOSCOW - The names may look unfamiliar, but if junior linebacker Marc Millan has his way, the hits certainly won't.

A self-described quarterback hunter, Millan is one of several additions to a retooled unit that features three new starters heading into coach Paul Petrino's first season.

Flush with depth and experience a year ago, the Vandals replaced the departed senior class with a group of JC transfers likely to receive a baptism by fire when Idaho visits North Texas on Saturday.

Millan, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound JC transfer from Santa Ana College in California, isn't bothered that some opponents and fans may view this year's group as a collection of unknowns.

"I don't mind it," Millan said. "(People) are going to remember our names for a long time."

The junior is expected to start on the weak side with fellow JC transfers Juan Martinez and Eric Tuipulotu roaming the middle and strong side, respectively.

All three players signed before Christmas, just weeks after Petrino was introduced, and shined at spring camp, effectively locking up the starting jobs heading into fall camp.

"They're going to be fundamentally sound, they're going to fly to the football and they're going to hit people," first-year linebackers coach Eric Brown said. "If that's going to surprise people, then they didn't watch the juco film. These are good players, and they're going to show up on Saturday and make plays."

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