Vandals continue to make strides this spring

The defense and a redshirt freshman QB have strong scrimmage.

STATESMAN STAFFApril 20, 2014 

MOSCOW - The Idaho Vandals toned it down a bit in their third scrimmage of the spring Saturday at the Kibbie Dome, running only 143 plays after going for 190 and 173 in the prior two.

The defense still worked a full shift.

"There were some big hits," head coach Paul Petrino said in a press release. "They got after the offense pretty good. That was probably by far the loudest hitting."

Junior college transfer linebacker Irving Steele (14) and safety Bradley Njoku (11) had double-digit tackles, and defensive end Quinton Bradley had three sacks among his five stops.

Redshirt freshman Matt Linehan was the more effective quarterback in the battle with sophomore Chad Chalich for the starting spot, throwing for 364 yards and four touchdowns in 43 attempts. Chalich, the incumbent, was just 13-of-29 for 195 yards and two scores. Dezmon Epps (10 catches, 156 yards, three TDs) and Deon Watson (nine catches, 150 yards, TD) were the biggest beneficiaries.

Idaho had nearly as many plays on the ground (71) as in the air (72). Jerrel Brown led the way with 28 carries for 121 yards and two TDs.

Idaho's Silver and Gold spring game is Friday.

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