By Brian Murphy
Idaho senior quarterback Logan Bushnell will start but junior Taylor Davis will play Saturday against San Jose State, Interim Head Coach Jason Gesser said Monday.
Starting quarterback Dominique Blackman was dismissed from the team last week.
Bushnell started the season opener when Blackman was suspended earlier in the year. Davis started three games last season, including the Vandals' victory against San Jose State.
Bushnell has played in five games, completing 14-of-30 passes for 178 yards. He has two interceptions and no touchdowns. Davis has played in one game this year, completing 6-of-8 passes for 41 yards.
Davis is likely to enter the game in the second quarter for a series or two, said Gesser, who is the team's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.
The Vandals will not pull the redshirt season of true freshman quarterback Chad Chalich, a standout from Couer d'Alene High.
"(Logan) wants to have a chance to prove himself again and so does Taylor Davis," Gesser said. "They have the capability and they have the physical talent and the mental capacity to go out there and be our starting quarterback."
He wants the quarterbacks to be smarter with the ball and take less risks than Blackman did. Blackman threw 13 interceptions and nine touchdowns in seven games for the Vandals.
"It can be something to where they can eliminate that, can be smarter, can make smarter decisions and make better decisions to not force the ball in there," Gesser said.
Gesser did not disclose the reason for Blackman's dismissal. The Spokesman-Review reported it was for multiple failed drug tests.
"You have policies and you have rules for a reason. If you step over those lines and break those rules, there are consequences," said Gesser, who was alerted to a possible problem with Blackman on Thursday.
Senior linebacker Conrad Scheidt was also kicked off the team. Gesser said it was the same situation as Blackman.
Tight end Taylor Elmo is serving an indefinite suspension. "It's something we'll revisit later on and it something that we are looking at weekly," Gesser said.
Gesser said that Elmo's suspension was for more than just his tweet that implied Athletic Director Rob Spear fired head coach Robb Akey to save his own job.
Football players are allowed to use Twitter — unlike at other schools like Boise State — but Gesser said the football program and the athletic department will consider a more detailed policy in the offseason.
"We will be talking about it," he said.
The school's current social media policy is pretty clear, allowing for suspensions if players post "comments, videos or posters degrading coaches or other athletic department personnel."