MOSCOW, Idaho – The progression is logical enough – make one
good play, follow it with another. Don’t look ahead. Don’t look back.
If Idaho’s Vandals can do that, interim head coach Jason
Gesser says, they can have success on the football field. The Vandals’ next
opportunity is Saturday – Senior Day and a game at which fans can give a boost
to local food banks as the holiday season nears. Kickoff against UT-San Antonio
at the Kibbie Dome is 2 p.m.
In addition to the annual Senior Day send-off for Idaho’s 19
seniors, fans can receive a $5 discount on a game ticket if they bring a
non-perishable food item when they purchase their game tickets – either at the
ticket office prior to the game or at the West End booth on game day.
“Things are going in the right direction,” said Gesser, who
will is heading into his third game as head coach. “You don’t see one step
forward and three steps back. You see two steps forward.”
For the Vandals, Gesser said it is everything from hanging
out as a team to positive encouragement on the sideline to “having each other’s
“Guys are pushing, pushing forward,” he said. “We’re
building that foundation to where we’re consistently in ballgames.”
While Gesser credited UTSA with a season well-played, he
said the Vandals need to first take care of the Vandals.
“We are our opponent this week,” Gesser said. “It is doing
and controlling things we can control. Executing, making the block, making the
catch, making the throw. That’s what it’s going to be this week.
“We’ve just got to go out there and execute.”
For every donation of a non-perishable food item, donors will receive $5 off the price of a ticket to Saturday's Senior Day game. Donations can be made at the Vandal ticket office during regular office hours through Friday or at the West Ticket Booth on game day.
The Vandals are 1-9 overall after falling in a non-conference game at Brigham Young last weekend. UTSA is 6-4 overall after snapping a four-game skid with a 31-24 victory over McNeese State last Saturday. Both teams are 1-3 in the WAC with victories over New Mexico State. Both also have losses to San Jose State and Louisiana Tech.
Jason Gesser will be heading into his third game as a collegiate head coach when the Vandals take on the Spartans. Gesser also wears two other hats – those of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, in addition to his role as interim head coach. He is a graduate of Washington State University where he was an All-American quarterback. He played in the NFL and the CFL before heading to the coaching ranks.
Larry Coker is in his fourth season at UTSA after returning to coaching in 2009 to take over the Roadrunner program. Previously, he had been head coach at Miami (2001-06), whieh was preceeded by assistantships at Miami (OC, 1995-2000), Ohio State (1993-95), Oklahoma (1990-92), Oklahoma State (1983-89) and Tulsa (1979-82). He is a graduate of Northeastern State (Okla.), where he was a defensive back.
This is the first game between the Vandals and Roadrunners.
The game is being broadcast to Texas on San Antonio’s KCWX-TV. Details about any rebroadcasts will be announced as they are made available.
Tom Morris (play by play) and Evan Ellis (analysis) again are calling the gameday action with KZFN (FM 106.1) as the flagship of the statewide, 14-station network.
Idaho’s captains for the 2012 season are receiver Mike Scott (senior; Palo Alto, Calif.), cornerback Aaron Grymes (senior; Seattle, Wash) and punter Bobby Cowan (senior; Vancouver, Wash.). An additional captain will be selected each week by the coaching staff. Mike Marboe was the selected captain against San Jose State and Gary Walker earned the honors at BYU.
ONTO THE FIELD
The Vandals have added a third element to their entrance onto the playing field. Traditionally, they have carried an American Flag and a battle ax commemorating the tradition of the Vandal. This year, they’ve added a flag that honors the memory of former Idaho receiver Ken McRoyal, who died last summer.
Our 2012 seniors are:
A.J. Annelus, CB, Grandview, Mo. – Injured; redshirted
Ryan Bass, RB, Corona, Calif. – Has played in 17 games as part of Idaho’s running back rotation; has 547 career yards on 247 carries with two games to play in career.
Logan Bushnell, QB, Puyallup, Wash. – Has started three games and played in 11; a walkon, he earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2012 season; had career highs at BYU with 206 yards on 19-of-35 passing; has thrown three career touchdowns.
Bobby Cowan, P, Vancouver, Wash. – Will graduate as Idaho’s all-time leading punter with school records for punts, punting yards and average per punt; was a 2011 Ray Guy Award semifinalist and a member of the 2012 Ray Guy Award Watch List; was WAC first-team all-conference as a sophomore and second-team as a junior; was the Idaho College Athlete of the Year in 2011.
Donovan Cunningham, RB, Vancouver, Wash. – Walked on in 2011 and earned a place on special teams as a senior.
Trey Farquhar, K, Redlands, Calif. – Will graduate as Idaho’s all-time leader field goal, field goal attempts and field goal percentage leader; also has school record for field goals of 50 or more yards (nine with two games to play); twice has kicked second-longest field goal (55 yards) in school history.
Aaron Grymes, CB, Seattle, Wash. – Has played in every game since his true freshman season and earned a part-time starting role as a sophomore; has been a full-time starter for two seasons and was voted a team captain for his senior year; with two games to play, has 233 career tackles and 15 career pass breakups.
Robert Hatchett III, WR, Compton, Calif. – Travel squad player; caught one pass for five yards in 2012.
A.J. Jones, OG, Chico, Calif. – Transferred to Idaho in 2011 and started 10 of the 11 games he played at left guard; only senior on 2012 offensive line and has started eight of 10 games.
Homer Mauga, LB, San Diego, Calif. – Joined the Vandals as a sophomore out of Grossmont College in 2010; has 23 career starts; has 179 career tackles with two games to play; was fourth-leading tackler as a sophomore and is again this season.
Benson Mayowa, DE, Inglewood, Calif. – has 67 total career tackles of which 11 are sacks totaling -54 yards; also had 13 career quarterback hurries with two games to play.
Marsel Posey, WR, Corona, Calif. – Has caught 11 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown and one two-point conversion since he first saw action as a redshirt freshman; missed games in 2010 and 2011 because of injury.
Guy Reynolds, OL, Avondale, Ariz. – Signed with the Vandals in 2008 and redshirted; also sat out with an injury in 2010; earned spot on travel roster as a backup lineman.
Mike Scott, WR, East Palo Alto, Calif. – Joined the Vandals last fall after playing at Foothill College; has 103 career receptions for 1,235 yards with two games to play; was on Biletnikoff Watch List as a junior and was their leading receiver.
Robert Siavii, LB, Wahaiwa, Hawai`i – Saw action as a redshirt freshman and missed 2011 with a knee injury; has been a regular in the starting rototation; has 218 total tackles, which includes 23 tackles-for-loss (-83 yards) with two games to play.
Thaad Thompson, S, Margate, Fla. – Joined the Vandals in 2010 out of Ellsworth College; had 27 tackles that season and has 41 this fall; saw out 2011 with injury.
Su`a Tuala, LB, San Francisco, Calif. – Joined the Vandals in 2011 after playing at City College of San Francisco; saw action in eight games as a junior and has played in all 10 games (and started nine) so far this season; is second leading tackler with two games to play with 65 total stops.
Justin Veltung, WR, Puyallup, Wash. – Paul Hornug Watch List as a junior and senior because of versatility; will leave Idaho as all-time kickoff return leader in yards and total returns; also could climb into the top 10 in career all-purpose yards; has been hampered by injury during junior and senior seasons.
Gary Walker, S, Redlands, Calif. – Has played in every game and started 33 since playing as a true freshman; with two games to play, has 279 career tackles, which ranks 14th all time at Idaho; also has 12 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and a 94-yard interception return.