Idaho Vandals announce 2011 recruiting class

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Class breakdown

By position
DB – A.J. Annelus, Dion Bass, Solomon Dixon, Bradley Njoku
LB – Elan Richard, Sua Tuala, Jeremiah Walters
DT – Ryan Edwards, Dontae Scott, Aaron Lazaro
DE – Quinton Bradley, Ryan Ena
OL – Cody Elenz, A.J. Jones, Brady Lisoski
RB – Todd Handley, Cameron McKernan
TE – Jared Klingenberg
WR – Camryn Harris, Marquan Major, Ian Silbernagel
QB – Dominique Blackman

By state
California – A.J. Annelus, Dion Bass, Dominique Blackman, Ryan Edwards, Ryan Ena, Todd Handley, Camryn Harris, A.J. Jones, Aaron Lazaro, Dontae Scott, Sua Tuala, Jeremiah Walters
Hawaii – Solomon Dixon
Nevada – Marquan Major
Oregon – Ian Silbernagel
Texas – Quinton Bradley, Cody Elenz, Bradley Njoku
Washington – Jared Klingenberg, Brady Lisoski, Cameron McKernan, Elan Richard

Note: No Idaho players.

Official bios from Idaho

A.J. Annelus
(pronounced an-el-US)
Cornerback
Santa Monica College
Grandview High School, Grandview, Mo.
5-11, 190
Coached by Gifford Lineheim
As a redshirt freshman at Santa Monica College in 2009, had 40 solo stops and 10 assists in 12 games … also recorded four tackles-for-loss, 12 pass breakups, three interceptions and forced one fumble … as a sophomore in 2010, had 28 solo stops and 11 assists in addition to three tackles-for-loss, four interceptions (one of which was returned 46 yards for a TD), four pass breakups and one forced fumble … is a 2007 graduate of Grandview (Mo.) High School … joined the Vandals in January.

Dion Bass
Cornerback
Centennial High School, Corona, Calif.
5-9, 175
Coached by Matt Logan
As a senior at Centennial High School (Corona, Calif.), he averaged four tackles per game (totaled 56) in addition to grabbing two interceptions in his first season at cornerback after playing at running back … started on a team that had 39 wins in three years, two CIF championships and one state championship … one of five brothers to play at Centennial … a “shutdown” corner … “I have an aggressive mentality and I have a good nose for the ball. I love to just go 1-1, be on an island with a receiver, and see who comes out on top,” Bass said in an interview in Cali High Sports … his brother Ryan redshirted at Idaho last fall after transferring from Arizona State.

Dominique Blackman
Quarterback
Old Dominion/Los Angeles Harbor College/Carson High School, Carson, Calif.
6-5, 250
Coached by Brett Peabody
Redshirted at Old Dominion in the fall of 2010 before transferring to Idaho for spring 2011 … initially signed with Washington but attended Los Angeles Harbor in 2009 … at LA Harbor, completed 63 percent of his passes (264 of 417) for 3,711 yards and 35 TDs ... averaged 337.4 yards passing per contest and ran the ball into the end zone six times averaging 13.8 yards per game on carries... at Carson High School, led team to an 11-3 overall record and a 5-0 Marine League record as a senior...team made it to the CIF Los Angeles City Section championship game before falling to Birmingham...earned second-team All-City as a senior... named to PrepStar's "Dream Team" as the nation's No. 112 overall prospect... the No. 80 recruit in the Far West region by Superprep...rated the No. 70 recruit in California by Scout.com, which also ranked him the No. 58 quarterback in the country...Rivals.com rated him the No. 95 recruit in California and the No. 27 "pro-style" QB in the nation...as a junior, completed 123-of-215 attempts for 1,673 yards and 14 touchdowns...also ran for eight TDs as a junior in 2006...led Colts to a 9-4 overall record and helped them advance to the City Section semifinals as a junior...named second-team All-City as a junior...transferred to Carson from Gardena High prior to his junior year...also played basketball at Carson ... joined the Vandals in January.

Quinton Bradley
Defensive end
Roosevelt High School, San Antonio, Texas
6-4, 240
Coached by Neal LaHue
As a senior, had 79 tackles for an average of 7.2 per game … also averaged 0.5 sacks per game and had one interception … a first-team all-District 26-5A choice and a Class 5A all-state honorable mention honoree … as a junior, was injured but still had 28 total tackles with averages of 3.8 tackles per game and 0.3 sacks per game and earned first team all-District 26-5A … as a sophomore, had 46 tackles and eight passes defensed … averaged 4.2 tackles and 0.3 sacks per game … was Dave Campbell’s fifth-ranked defensive lineman in the state of Texas … defensive captain as a junior and senior … member of the National Honor Society … was third as a junior in the discus in District 26-5A.

Solomon Dixon
Cornerback
McKinley High School, Honolulu, Hawai`i
5 -9½, 175 pounds
Coached by Bobby Grey
2011 graduate of McKinley High School …One of the top recruits of the Hawai`i class of 2011 … As a senior, earned recognition as the Oahu Interscholastic Association White Offensive Player of the Year, the OIA White first-team utility, the OIA White first-team defensive back and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State utility … as a junior was a second-team all-state player by the Honolulu Star Bulletin and an honorable mention choice of the Honolulu Advertiser … he also was on the 2009 all-Katoosh team, which recognizes the hardest hitters … also competes in track and was the 2009 state 400-meter champion and was third in the state in the 200 meters as a sophomore, and as a junior finished third in the 400 and fifth in the 200.

Ryan Edwards
Defensive tackle
Long Beach Poly High School, Long Beach, Calif.
6 -3, 300
Coached by Raul Lara
Graduated in 2010 from high school powerhouse Long Beach Poly and attended prep school last fall … currently is enrolled at the University of Idaho … at Long Beach Poly, played on the offensive and defensive lines … was a two-time all-California Interscholastic Federation player as a two-year starter … benches 425, squats 455 and power cleans 315 ... joined the Vandals in January.

Cody Elenz
(pronounced A-lens)
Offensive line
Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove, Texas
6-5, 290
Coached by Jack Welch
As a junior and senior, was a first-team all-District 5A-12 choice … was second team all-state 5A … as a senior was an honorable mention APSE (all players in Texas) team member … was the 11th ranked high school linemen by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football … as a senior, was a preseason all-Academic team member by the Rodgers Recruiting Report and wound up second-team all-state all-academic … “a key cog in leading the area's top offense and a ground game that featured two 1,000-yard rushers.” … District 5A-12 powerlifting champion ... TexasHighSchoolFootball.com top 200 ... 2010 all-CenTex team ... first team all-Central Texas by all-smoaky.com.

Ryan Ena
Defensive end
El Camino High School, Oceanside, Calif.
6-5, 238
Coached by Pulu Poumele
Played in first all-Polynesian All-American Classic last month … first-team selection as a defensive end to the Avocado West all-conference team … nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … as a sophomore was chosen to the ESPN-Rise all-state football team … also a standout basketball player.

Todd Handley
Running back
King High School, Riverside, Calif.
5-9, 180
Coached by Ken Mushinskie
As a senior, carried the ball 185 times for 1,337 yards and 18 TDs … also had 16 receptions for 239 yards, six punt returns for 102 yards and nine kickoff returns for 198 yards … As a junior, carried the ball 177 times for 1,323 yards (average of 7.59 per carry) and caught four passes for 137 yards … also had 16 solo tackles and 36 assists for a total 52 … returned punts (17 for 195) and kickoffs (eight for 239) … Prior to senior season was one of 25 players chosen to the 15th all-Nike Combine Team … 44-inch vertical jump … 4.54 40 … “fastest man” at rivals.com Ultimate 100 Camp … was a first team all-Big VIII selection as a junior and senior … said high school coach Ken Mushinskie in a recent interview: “… he can play a multitude of positions. In addition, he is an excellent punt returner and kick returner, so not only are they getting an excellent running back, they’re getting a kid that can block well out of the backfield, and a kid that can catch well out of the backfield too. … But obviously Todd is a great runner, the best runner I’ve ever coached in my years of coaching.”

Camryn Harris
Receiver
Valley Christian High School, Dublin, Calif.
6-0, 180
Coached by John Parrella
Started at receiver and in the secondary … had 40 receptions for 582 yards as a senior … said coach John Parrella in an internet interview: "He's a special receiver, and the beauty of him is he's got untapped talent. He just turned seventeen. He's young, and the sky's the limit with him.” … in a game against Millennium, he scored on a pass reception, a 75-yard punt return and a 48-yard interception return … first team all-Bay Football League selection … preseason Best Offensive Player … varsity special teams MVP … also leading scorer on basketball team … as a junior started at corner, receiver and as a returner on special teams … all-BFL first team “athlete” … Valley Christian special teams Player of the Year … led team in all-purpose rushing … first-team all-conference choice in basketball.

A.J. Jones
Offensive line
Butte College/Chico High School, Chico, Calif.
6-1, 285
Coached by Jeff Jordan
Teammate of fellow OL recruit Brady Lisoski … Butte College won the 2010 ASBG Bowl and the 2009 Premier West Bank Bowl … part of a unit that in 2009 enabled Jordan Rogers to set school single-season passing yards and total offense records … team captain.

Jared Klingenberg
Tight end
Cedarcrest High School, Carnation, Wash.
6 -4, 240
Coached by Jason Frederick
Played running back at Duvall High School and helped team to the Washington 2A playoffs … was a first-team all-Cascade Conference running back and earned honorable mention recognition as a defensive end as a senior … carried the ball 137 times for 1,367 yards for an average of 10 yards per carry … scored 19 rushing touchdowns … as a senior was recognized twice by the Seattle Times as the Player of the Week and twice as a Difference Maker … he was an all-state nominee as a senior and a second-team all-area choice by the Everett Herald … was an honorable mention all-conference defensive lineman as a junior as well … also played baseball and had a .483 batting average and a .586 slugging percentage as a junior.

Aaron Lazaro
Defensive tackle
Southwestern College/Otay Ranch High School, Chula Vista, Calif.
6-4, 300
Coached by Ed Carberry
As a sophomore at Southwestern, had 28 tackles, 7½ tackles for loss and three sacks … as a freshman, he had 16 tackles and five tackles for loss … described as a high motor player who can cause trouble up front … at Otay Ranch High School, earned second-team all-Mesa League recognition as a senior.

Brady Lisoski
Offensive line
Butte College/Redmond High School, Redmond, Wash.
6-4, 345
Coached by Jeff Jordan
Teammate of fellow OL recruit Anthony (A.J.) Jones … as a freshman at Butte College, earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors … as a senior, member of ASBG Bowl Championship team … at Redmond High School, was chosen first-team KingCo 4A Crest Division.

Marquan Major
Receiver
Las Vegas High School, Las Vegas, Nev.
6-3, 175
Coached by Chris Faircloth
As a senior, caught 43 passes for 545 yards and two TDs … considered one of the top skill players coming out of Nevada this year … was injured as a junior but had 16 receptions for 208 yards and two TDs in four games … as a sophomore, he pulled in 59 passes for 742 yards and six TDs for career totals of 1,495 yards on 118 receptions and 10 TDs … said his high school coach, Chris Faircloth in an earlier article, "From our standpoint, he's a receiver that we can line up at any of the (receiver) positions on the field. … Whether he faces double coverage or not, he always puts us in good shape." … was on Las Vegas Sun preseason team prior to his junior season and was an all-Sunrise preseason choice of the NevadaPrepReport.com prior to his senior season … he finished his senior season all Northeast League first team.

Cameron McKernan
Running back
Kentridge High School, Kent, Wash.
5-11, 205
Coached by Marty Osborn
Played running back and linebacker … as a sophomore averaged 8.86 yards on seven carries in addition to averaging 15 receiving yards per game … as a junior, missed part of the season because of injury yet still received honorable mention all-South Puget Sound League recognition … as a senior, a “red chip player” (one of the top 10 in the state of Washington) by the Seattle Times … described as a tough back with speed, size and athleticism … missed 2½ games with ankle injury and wound up second team all-SPSL 4A North … In a game against Thomas Jefferson High School, he tallied 289 yards on 23 carries and scored four TDs.

Bradley Njoku
(pronounced EN-joe-ku)
Safety
Leander High School, Leander,Texas
6-2, 200
Coached by Steve Gideon
As a senior, had 84 solo stops and 33 assists for 117 total in addition to two interceptions, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt … 4.5 40 … as a junior, had 78 tackles (57 solo and 21 assists) for an average of 6.5 per game … also had two interceptions, three passes defensed, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and three blocked field goals … was a second team all-District 16-5A selection as a senior and junior … as a sophomore had 12 total tackles in a backup role … as a top 30 defensive back by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football ... team captain as a junior and as a senior ... Dazzling Dozen Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

Elan Richard
(pronounced E-lawn)
Linebacker
Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Wash.
6-1, 205
Coached by Butch Goncharoff
Key contributor on Bellevue’s three successive state championship teams … a “white chip” player (one of the top 105 in Washington) by the Seattle Times …. Honorable mention all-conference as a junior … also a standout basketball player.

Dontae Scott
Defensive tackle
Golden West College/Leilehua High School (Waianae, Hawai`i), Kileen, Texas
6-4, 295
Coached by Nick Mitchell
As a sophomore, played in eight games and had 31 total tackles (11 solo and 20 assists) … also had 5.0 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss in addition to forcing two fumbles … earned first team Central Division East Conference honors … Golden West advanced to post-season play during his freshman season and won the Orange County Rooster Bowl … was an honorable mention player on the 2007 Hawai`i Dream Team.

Ian Silbernagel
Receiver
McKay High School, Salem, Ore.
6-2, 190
Coached by Jay Minyard
As a senior, a dual threat as a passer and runner with 856 passing yards while completing 60 of 105 passes (.571 percent) with five TD passes in addition to carrying the ball 92 times for 623 yards and 11 TDs (one of which was a 75-yarder) … defensively, had 31 total tackles (27 solo and four assists) in addition to one interception … called the “best athlete in the Central Valley Conference” … second-team Central Valley all-conference quarterback … as a junior at McKay, had 990 yards passing after completing 77 of 140 passes (threw for seven TDs) … also carried the ball 93 times for 638 yards and another seven TDs … was a second-team all-conference choice … also played basketball and was a sprinter on the tack team … started at quarterback as a sophomore and accumulated 957 yards passing and 207 yards rushing.

Sua (Sam) Tuala
(pronounced sue-AH TWO-all-uh)
Linebacker
City College of San Francisco/Sacred Heart, San Francisco, Calif.
6-0, 230
Coached by George Rush
As a freshman, was on the first-team all-California defense … had 78 tackles, one sack and one interception … as a sophomore, was a first-team JC Gridwire preseason all-American … CCSF won NorCal Championship both years Tuala played there … NorCal Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Jeremiah Walters
Linebacker
McClymonds High School, Manteca, Calif.
6-3, 210
Coached by Curtis McCully
As a senior, was first-team all-Oakland Athletic League and second team all-East Bay for conference championship McClymonds … also Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Week (at running back) and is a 2010 Scholar Athlete award winner … as a senior, had 70 total tackles, four sacks and recovered four fumbles … carried the ball 20 times for 180 yards in addition to pulling in 15 receptions for 210 yards and six touchdowns.

Original post

The Idaho Vandals are announcing on Twitter each commitment as he faxes in his letter of intent. They are up to 21 so far:

Here is the Vandals' class or you can follow @Idaho_Vandals for official updates:

@Idaho_Vandals: First commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Quinton Bradley, a 6-4, 240 pound Defensive End out of Roosevelt High School (San Antonio, Texas)

@Idaho_Vandals: Second commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Bradley Njoku a 6-2, 200 pound Safety out of Leander High School (Leander, Texas)

@Idaho_Vandals: Third commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Cody Elenz a 6-5, 290 pound Offensive Lineman out of Copperas Cove High School (Copperas Cove, Texas)

@Idaho_Vandals: Fourth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Jared Klingenberg a 6-4, 240 pound Tight end out of Cedarcrest High School (Duvall, Wash.)

@Idaho_Vandals: Fifth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Camryn Harris a 6-0, 180 pound WR out of Valley Christian High School (Dublin, Calif.)

@Idaho_Vandals: Sixth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Ian Silbernagel a 6-2, 190 pound Wide Receiver/Athlete out of McKay High School (Salem, Ore.)

@Idaho_Vandals: The seventh commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Marquan Major a 6-3, 175 pound Wide Receiver out of Las Vegas High School

@Idaho_Vandals: Eighth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is A.J. Jones a 6-1, 285 pound Offensive Lineman out of Butte College

@Idaho_Vandals: Ninth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Dion Bass a 5-9, 175 pound Cornerback out of Centennial High School (Corona, Calif.)

@Idaho_Vandals: Tenth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Aaron Lazaro a 6-4, 300 pound Defensive Tackle out of Southwestern College

@Idaho_Vandals: Eleventh commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Cameron McKernan a 5-11, 205 pound Running Back out of Kentridge High School (Kent, Wash.)

@Idaho_Vandals: Twelfth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Sua (Sam) Tuala a 6-0, 230 pound Linebacker out of CCSF

@Idaho_Vandals: Thirteenth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Jeremiah Walters a 6-3, 210 pound Linebacker out of McClymonds High School

@Idaho_Vandals: Fourteenth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Dominque Blackman a 6-5, 250 pound Quarterback out of Old Dominion/LACC

@Idaho_Vandals: Fifteenth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Ryan Ena a 6-5, 238 pound Defensive End out of El Camino High School (Oceanside, Calif.)

@Idaho_Vandals: Sixteenth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Ryan Edwards a 6-3, 300 pound Defensive Tackle out of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly HS

@Idaho_Vandals: Seventeenth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is A.J. Annelus a 5-11, 190 pound Cornerback out of Santa Monica College

@Idaho_Vandals: Eighteenth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Brady Lisoski a 6-4, 345 pound Offensive Lineman out of Southwestern (Oroville, Calif.)

@Idaho_Vandals: Nineteenth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Elan Richard a 6-1, 205 pound Linebacker out of Bellevue (Wash.) High School

@Idaho_Vandals: Twentieth commit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Todd Handley a 5-9, 180 pound Running Back out of King High School (Riverside, Calif.)

@Idaho_Vandals: Twenty-first recruit of the 2011 Vandal Football recruiting class is Solomon Dixon a 5-9, 175 pound Cornerback out of McKinley High School

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Lest someone think...

that the Vandals are operating in a technologic dark age (waiting for faxes), that's how all schools receive signed committments from out-of-area players. Old school.

Good point ...

... I added some context to that paragraph.

-- murph

Can't exactly send a

Can't exactly send a signature by e-mail. Faxes are simpler than scanning, e-mailing and printing in that respect.

Nice to see

Nice to see that Idaho is taking advantage of the twitter technology. Next year, everyone will be doing this.

if you go to Andy Staples on SI

Alabama literally has a live webcam pointed at a fax machine so you can see the LOIs roll in. seriously.

Haha

That's awesome. And I'd be willing to bet there are 50,000+ fans watching that feed right now.

Unfortunately yeah.

their day can be either good or bad depending on a bunch of 17-18 year olds' whims.

Looks like.....

Looks like a couple of drips into an empty bucket to me...

Stay classy, EagleWing

Moron.

Fax not the only way

ESPN the Magazine article says students can email their letters with an electronic signature.

Akey

You can tell he is using his Texas connections in the first few commits. Good for him! I love that UI and BSU have class acts for coaches.

due to APR scoring

UI lost 6 scholarships. how does that work? they only have 79 total players on scholarship instead of the standard 85 (but still can get 25 in this class)?

anyone know how that works?

Grey shirt and...

Maybe Akey will Grey-shirt and burn others redshirt year to play them as true freshman. That's my best guess.

I'm thinking my question is moot.

according to Cripe's blog (http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2010/06/09/ccripe/idaho_loses_six_football_scholarships_boise_state_leads_wac_foot) back in June '10 it appears it's only for the 2010 season. so having the 6 back will help them.

?

6-5 250 lb Quarterback? Wow.

Yes....

and he already washed out at Washington, spent a year at a community college, quit Old Dominion because he couldn't beat out a 5'11 kid at an FCS school and was redshirted, and is now petitioning the NCAA to give him an extra year because of his own bad choices. By rule he has to sit out a year for transferring and will have one left to play, but he's hoping to get two years to play two. If he doesn't get his appeal approved or doesn't beat out Reader, he'll likely take a powder on Idaho, too.

Bass

Encouraging to see that Dion Bass signed with Idaho. Understand that this last weekend he visited Nebraska on their request.

Idaho guys?

No recruits from the state of Idaho?

they did have one.

Lukeheart out of Eagle. but then he was poached by BSU.

3 or 4 last year. Of course

3 or 4 last year. Of course the kid from Eagle was going to Idaho early on until BSU offered a scholarship. Can't blame him for switching since his father played in Boise.

Not a slam but...

It is amazing to me that UI can recruit any decent players. Its an average school, in a pretty area but long cold dreary winters, the facilities are not that great and no history of achievement in football and little potential to change that.

You're wrong on a couple points

UI is quite a good school.

Winters are only marginally cooler/wetter than Boise.

UI has had football successes in the past (including the 2009 H-Bowl) and this class will be one of the keys to future successes. Not every school can win 10-12 games a season. That doesn't mean they can't compete and have successes and post-season opportunities.

I'll give you the fact that there is much to be desired in the facilities department.

Have friends who's kids go to U of I

According to these kids particularly in the fall and spring both U of I students and WSU students go down to the snake river on the weekends for a pretty rowdy time. They said on some weekends in the fall a person will find both campuses down on the river. Also, the Fraternity that one of the boys lives in has some type of dance exchanges with WSU sororities. Keep in mind that Moscow and Pullman are only 8 miles apart which is closer than Boise to Meridian. So to say there is nothing in Moscow I think probably is not really accurate. On the other hand BSU has the city of Boise which I am sure is a big draw for the kids particularly for those out of the area.

When I graduated from UI....

...waaay back in 92...lol....Idaho was just wrapping up their win streak over BSU of 12 straight years. U of I used to be the team to beat in Idaho, but Boise is obviously bigger than the Palouse and has a few more incentives to offer incoming prospects as far as recruiting goes. That said, however, downtown Boise doesn't have much over a good day at Boyer Beach on the Snake....as long as you bring along a designated driver...lol. :o)

signed: Nasty and Inebriated :o)

Forgot to mention....

...as far as recruiting at Idaho, individually speaking, players have historically had major success out of U of I.

Jerry Kramer, Mark Schlereth, Eric Yarber, Marvin Washington, Jeff Robinson, Spencer Folau, Jake Scott....all NFL Superbowl players. Others who were well-noticed from Idaho have been John Friez, Doug Nussmeier, Mike Iupati, Mike Hollis (a distant relative of mine), and several others. Every kid coming out of HS has a dream. Those names help sell recruiting....What does Boise have? A few recent ones, but not as much historically.

TimT - Possibly work on your Listening skills?

From what I have read that you wrote, it appears to me you do not really know, in depth, much about the UoI. I am guessing you are not originally an Idahoan, but instead, someone who has moved to our Great State, and have formed your impression of the UoI, from what you have been told by people who do not know much about it, either.

To broaden your understanding of the UoI, you might want to talk to people who have attended the school and have visited Moscow. Before you enter into those discussions, however; you might consider taking a wonderful, and most popular, course at BSU that all Bronco Communications Majors take (it is open to part-time students, who just want to learn to 'listen' better, also). It is a required course for most and you get three credits toward the graduation requirements of 120 credit hours (so you will be 1/40th of the way to a Bachelors Degree, just for taking this course), to boot. Per current 2010-2011 BSU catalog Course Description, Communications 131 - LISTENING;

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COMM 131 LISTENING (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory and practice of our most-used communication skill. Analysis of variables as they promote or impede the process of listening.

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I understand from talking to a couple of BSU students, over coffee, at the BSU SUB, that this course. requires a minimal amount of classroom time (two times) (First Meeting - getting the syllabus; and, Last Meeting - taking the Final Examination), as most excercises can be conducted over coffee at the BSU SUB. All that is required is for a student to sit and 'listen' to another person/student 'communicating'. The Final Examination consists of students listening to selected 'communications' and then discussing what they 'heard', as a group, while sitting in chairs in a circle.

This interactive method of instruction is of great advantage to BSU students, as it provides minimal time in a clasroom, has no labs or labe fees, has no books or book fees, does not require any pesky research at the library, and provides a great opportunity to 'interact' with fellow students, faculty, and staff at the nexus of the social matrix at the BSU campus - the SUB.

I trust this class would improve your 'listening' skills, if you give it your all, and have a true and legitimate desire to improve your ability to understand what you have been told.

VNDL

TimT- Not a slam but you have no idea what you are talking about

TimT is another misinformed BSU Bandwagon fan....If UI is an average school then the other institutions in Idaho are horrible by comparison....UI has had more than 150 National Merit Scholars enrolled over the past 10 years (97 in the past 5 alone) compared to just 20 over the same ten year period at Bronco U. UI's research program grants are in excess of $100 million annually...Bronco Bob's urban research university experiment garners less than half that amount.

UI has had football success in the past particulary during the time period from the 1980's to 2000...UI was a perrenial Big Sky Conference contender and competed well in the Big West Conference after moving up to Div I with BSU including winning the H-Bowl in 1999...anyone remember the streak?...BSU wasn't the only team we were beating in those days.

The current football disastor for UI started with the demise of the Big West and a succession of incredible blunders by then AD Mike Bohn (who went on to CU and ultimately made the brilliant Dan Hawkins hire) from which Idaho is only now starting to crawl out of; although Rob Spear has made a few stupid moves of his own including the return hiring of Erickson which, in part, resulted in the loss of 17 scholarships due to the character of Erickson's (and Nick Holt's) recruits and the fact they didn't graduate. 2011 is the first year of Akey's tenure where he has all 85 scholarships available to him.

The weather is irrelevant...have you heard of Ann Arbor, Michigan or College Station, Pennsylvania?...their players are having to use dog sleds just to get to the training facility for their winter workouts...doesn't seem to affect their recruiting.

Hate to admit it but, facilities are indeed a major issue for UI...locker rooms, weight rooms, etc are decent but the stadium size is a limiting factor in moving the program forward...despite Bronco Bob's protestations about nasty inebriated fans, the truth of the matter is that the K-Dome doesn't have the seating to allow teams like BSU who travel well (with lots of fans) any incentive to play there. There are plans to add an additional 10,000 seats to the Dome which would help but that takes a lot of $$ which a financially struggling program (at a financially struggling institution in a financially struggling state) is not likely to be able to come up with.

Vandalee

You make valid points and as a Bronco fan I personally would not knock the academic standards at U of I. Where I part company with is your stadium size being inadequate. The Vandals average attendance over the last 5 years is 13,327. Why in the world would they put an extra 10,000 seats in, when they don't come close to selling what they have. I root for Idaho, and I think Idaho a really good job recruiting considering the shaky ground the WAC is on right now.

so is Reader going to start this year?

Per Tom Scott in his Scott Slant, Blackman has to sit out 2011. This is Reader's Senior year, right? who else is on the roster for QBs?

Chord

Yep, Blackman sits out 2011 season - he is currently enrolled for clas$es right now and will do Spring Ball, but sits out 2011 season.

The other QBs that could give Reader a run for a starting position are:

Justin Podrabsky, Sophomore,

and,

Taylor Davis, RS Sophomore.

Davis and Podrabsky didn't take a snap in a game last year.

Reader is a gamer (did a RS year at Arkansas, then went to a JUCO for a year, and then on to Idaho). Reader has game experience in both 2009 and 2010 seasons (replacing Enderle when Enderle went down for a couple of games).

Davis had a great high school career, but has never played a down in a real college game. Don't know much about him. He hasn't been a factor so far. He travelled with the team a couple of times, but never got into a game.

Podrabsky is from Lewiston and is 6-6 and 255. Supposedly, POD (Vandal nickname of Podrabsky) can throw a baseball the length of a football field and is a physical beast. Was a man-child at Lewison in football, basketball, and baseball. Don't know much about him, other than his recruiting hype and that he has a Vandal nickname.

Much angst ocurred in some corners of Vandal Nation last season over Reader not playing more when Enderle sucked (which seemed often when pressured). Reader is a crowd pleaser and sems to handle a pass rush well when the O-line broke down (constantly) and is a great scrambler and can think quick and throw very accurately while on the run. Reader also, knows when to throw the ball away rather than hanging onto it and taking a loss (something Nate never seemed to comprehend) or forcing paases and getting intercepted. Many Vandals did not understand why Reader wasn't the starting QB last fall. I guess it was the Enderle To The NFL hype stuff that prevailed. I have been more impressed with Reader than Enderle these past two years and was in the corner of those who wanted Reader to start and Enderle to ride the pine.

My money is on Reader starting at QB for 2011 season.

VNDL

that QB race is going to heat up then once Reader is done.

Podrabsky, i assume, hasn't taken a redshirt yet? You know where he'll be on the list of priorities? Blackman will probably expect to play some meaningful time once 2012 rolls around with two years.

you think Akey will keep Podrasky off the field for a RS year and have a year available after the Blackman time (that is, if Blackman does become the starter)?

Chord - I stand corrected

I posted incorrect information.

I did a little more research on POD. Apparently, he was a RS this past season:

http://sanjosestate.scout.com/2/1030707.html

So, he is a RS Freshman now (burned his RS year in 2010).

According to the link above, he was also, the Scout Team Offensive POY.

There is no significant buzz or chatter about him on GoVandals.net, so prollly he is not really well known, so far. Yet!! LOLOLOL

I am curious now.

Also, learned he is fast for a Big Man.

Gonna keep my eye on him in the future.

Might be interesting QB Battle in Vandal Spring Ball? Maybe a good reason to fire up the rig and go to Moscow for the Spring Game, just to see this POD Dude (of course the Corner Club is a good reason, too).

VNDL

PS - Here is a little information about him:

http://sanjosestate.scout.com/a.z?s=199&p=8&c=1&nid=4865210

vndl

are you looking for a winning season from the silver & gold in the moonlight bright?

81

Could very well be 7-10 wins, plus a bowl.

W - Bowling Green
W - N. Dakota
L - @ Tx A&M
? - @ Virginia
L - @ BYU
W - Fresno
? - La Tech
W - Utah St
? - Hawaii
W - @ NMSU
W - @ SJSU
W - @ Nevada

2011 is supposed to be the First Big Year, per Coach Akey's lips at a LOI party in Twin Falls FEB 2010. He said at that time, For Vandals not to expect much for 2010 (it sure turned out that way), but "Katie bar the door" for 2011 and beyond.

Got Ryan Bass (RB) and a couple other Big Guns that were 2010 Red Shirts, for 2011.

The O-Line is supposed to be a Monster Run Blocking Machine, for 2011.

I hope he is right - but - have heard this schtick before. Time will tell. I have been a Vandal for too long, to get overly excited (sometimes even interested) this soon before Spring Ball. Will be able to have a firmer opinion after the Spring Game.

Who knows, we might see an Idaho-BSU matchup in the Pointsetta Bowl (WAC v. MWC) if Idaho takes the WAC and BSU is second place in the MWC:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poinsettia_Bowl

Now, that would be a wonderful game!! BSU prolly wins, but would still be fun.

VNDL

PS - Seriously - I am guessing Idaho goes to the Human Bowl.

Ok vndl i'll bite

W. BG: cmon, they are horrible
W ND, bageled them last year, cant see a huge difference there.
L @Tx AM: no comment
L @Virginia I know they are a bad team in the ACC but they did beat miami
L @BYU BYU at home is tough, BYU may not be what they once were but they still are what the vandies never have been.
L Fres, Pat hill and akey have a common personality, and I like them, but fres wins this, physical.
W La Tech I give a win here becasue Lt is swimming in sludge and cant seem to do more than tread water.
W Utah St hey, its Ut state, the seniors can have fun.
L Hawaii Hawaii is on the way up, they were suprising last year and will contend this year for the WAC, the pass will kill Idaho, ask Nevada.
W @NMSU The only stadium that may draw fewer than the kibbie.
L @SJSU SJSU had a good year by their standards, next year they will continue to improve in a BSUless wac.
L @Nevada this is where I really dont get your logic. I know they are losing some scoring players, and a super freak of a QB but the pistol will continue to give fits, this is a 1 loss team in 2010 who blew out ID, in fact blew them out bigger than BSU, Nevada knows how to win in november in reno..... the closest thing to beating BSU idaho would ever see again is beating nevada in reno on a last second feild goal. it will never happen

In short, the vandies 1 recent bowl year they had a defensive monster that was the best player on the team they also had MR NFL 1st round nate.... in the last two years they will have lost the best player they had 1 on defence and now the QB. You probably do not rank 10th in passing, lose your QB and improve the next year. the only thing that MIGHT save a bowl season is (and I say this noting the irony as a BSU fan hearing critisism for a schedule) no nebraska, no BSU. That is one of the softest schedules in a long time. Lose one of the first two and it will be a 2-10 year. Come through the first 5 3-2 and enjoy the possibility of a bowl. They are not WAC contenders until 2012 Nev, fres, Hawaii, contend.

Idaho was worse this year than the previous and will be worse next year than this year, the only save here might be the schedule. 5-7 is pretty realistic, actually a vandie should be happy with a 5-7 team this year. 10 wins possible? man what are you smoking and give it back to the UI frats.

P2

At least you took the time to back up your thoughts with some sort of analysis.

Better than most do.

VNDL

thanks, its the newer

softer me. sometimes the old potato comes back but I at least try to subdue him. You know me, the subject of the hatred of all things vandie is my weakness, but short of a few little digs, I think I controlled myself quite nicely. Trying to think sanely and logically on this subject can be hard as the beast potato lies pretty close to the surface. partly, it is that you are one of the few vandies I can stand, imagine the handle I would have flown off of if ugly posted your exact same post........

P2 - What is your guess

for BSU's 2011 season?

VNDL

honestly

12-0 or 11-1 with a BCS berth. I'll go through a game by game later....

really?

Fresno and NV? Looks like a 6 win season to me.