Idaho Vandals hold first scrimmage

STATESMAN STAFFApril 6, 2014 

“Overall, for a first scrimmage, I was happy,” Idaho head coach Paul Petrino said.

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MOSCOW — Coach Paul Petrino said his vision of an ideal scrimmage was neither side dominating. That's what he had Saturday in the Vandals' first spring battle between the offense and defense.

"There were a lot of things that seemed a lot better," he said. "There was a better attitude, better environment. Everybody played hard."

The offense wound up tallying 20 touchdowns in the 190-play scrimmage that initially was dominated by the defense. Once the offense started to click, Petrino said he liked the response of the defense when he challenged the unit.

"I liked it when I went over there and challenged the defense," he said. "There were a lot of defensive guys flying around, hitting, playing with great effort."

Irving Steele, Russell Siavii, Jayshawn Jordan and Eric Tuipulotu led the Vandals with 13 tackles each. Siavii and Jordan also had two interceptions.

Defensive end Quinton Bradley proved he is back at full strength with four tackles for a loss.

Josh McCain, the Vandals' quarterback-turned-receiver, caught eight passes for 218 yards and five touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Chad Chalich went 22-of-34 for 395 yards, and redshirt freshman Matt Linehan went 40-of-62 for 484 yards.

Senior running back Jerrel Brown had 22 carries for 106 yards.

"You see a lot of skill on offense that can make big plays," Petrino said.

"There are little groups on both sides that have to improve."

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