|Four more Vandals to NFL|
Three linemen and running back Princeton McCarty are the latest Vandals headed to the NFL after signing free agent contracts over the weekend. In addition to McCarty, who is going to Carolina, Tyrone Novikoff signed with Dallas, Michael Cosgrove signed with Detroit and Matt Cleveland signed with Cleveland.
McCarty, a running back from Bakersfield, Calif., accumulated 2,245 yards rushing and 3,366 all-purpose yards during his Vandal career. He leaves Idaho as ranked seventh on the all-time rushing list, all-time all-purpose yardage list, and all-time all-purpose plays (515) list. He had a career-high 160 rushing yards at New Mexico State in 2008 - an effort that led to a career-high 236 all-purpose yards.
Novikoff, an offensive tackle from Curlew, Wash., started every game (25) during the last two seasons. He played in a total 46 games, which includes Idaho's 2009 Humanitarian Bowl Championship game. The 2010 Vandal offense finished third in the WAC and 10th nationally in passing offense and third-down conversions.
Cleveland, an offensive tackle from Kent, Wash., missed his freshman season with an injury but went on to start 38 consecutive games, which includes the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl Championship. He earned second-team all-WAC honors as a senior and scored a touchdown when he recovered a fumble vs. Hawai`i. He joined Novikoff in paving the way for the Vandal offense's successes in 2009 and 2010. He was the only underclassmen to start on the 2009 unit, which was ranked second-most improved pass offense in the nation and sixth nationally in pass efficiency as well as fourth in tackles-for-loss allowed.
Cosgrove in a defensive tackle from Las Vegas, Nev., and was a key part of the defensive line from the time he earned a full-time starting role late in his redshirt freshman season. He finishes his Vandal career with 111 total tackles, which includes 11.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He also had 13 quarterback hurries.