MOSCOW -- The University of Idaho football team opened spring camp on the Palouse on Thursday. It's the first of 15 practices that are scheduled to end with the annual Silver and Gold game on April 23rd.
“We’re coming out on the field to get something accomplished," said head coach Robb Akey. "We only get to go out there 15 times. We’re going to blink and it’s going to be done.”
The Vandals are trying to build on a 6-7 record last season. Idaho lost a lot on offense, including quarterback Nathan Enderle, wide receivers Eric Greenwood and Maurice Shaw, and running back Deonte Jackson.
“There’s going to be a little different leadership,” Akey said. “But that’s college football. You get the opportunity to grow and develop as a team.”
Defensively, Idaho loses safety Shiloh Keo and several other starters from last year's team. There are still several players with experience coming back though, but Akey is quick to caution that positions are wide open.
“There may be some spots where we have starters coming back,” he said. “That doesn’t mean the job is his. We should have some great competition.”
Practices this week are Thursday and Friday at 3pm and Saturday at 10am. Next week, the Vandals resume their traditional Tuesday (3pm)-Thursday (3pm)-Saturday (10am) spring routine. All practices are on the practice field east of the Kibbie Dome because of construction inside the stadium.