Idaho State football opens season at home against Dixie State

STATESMAN STAFFSeptember 7, 2013 

Idaho State begins a new season with a new quarterback leading the pass-happy offense. Junior Justin Arias played eight games in 2011, and redshirted last season.

“He’s a very smart, intuitive kid that’s going to throw for a lot of yards,’’ coach Mike Kramer said. “We had him play a bit two years ago, and last year, every call went through his headset, so he’s got a good grasp of what's going on.’’

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Arias, who has already graduated, is the next Kramer quarterback expected to put up big numbers. In his first two seasons, Kramer's teams have been in the top 10 nationally in FCS passing. “It’s been awesome,’’ Arias said. “I’m feeling really confident, feel I’ve got a real good grasp of the offense now.’’

Dixie State went 3-8 last season and was 132nd of 156 Division II teams in pass defense, yielding 256.6 yards per game. The Bengals went 1-10 in 2012.

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