|Forde, Rehkow top team|
Two Vandals were first-team choices, seven were second-team honorees, and one was on the third team of CollegeSportsMadness.com’s All-Independent Team.
Defensive end Maxx Forde (Woodinville, Wash.) and punter Austin Rehkow (Spokane, Wash.) are first-team selections, while receiver Dezmon Epps (Sacramento, Calif.), tight end Mike LaGrone (Reno, Nev.), center Mike Marboe (Wenatchee, Wash.), running back James Baker (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), defensive tackle QuayShawne Buckley (Ontario, Calif.), linebacker Marc Millan (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and defensive back Jayshawn Jordan (Seattle, Wash.) are on the second team. Safety Trey Williams (Itta Bena, Miss.) is on the third team.
Rehkow set an NCAA freshman record for punting and is Idaho’s all-time single-season record holder after leading the nation with 47.8 yards per kick. He also is a Walter Camp All-American.
Forde had 63 total tackles – tops among Idaho’s linemen, as well as nine-tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, two blocked kicks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Epps was Idaho’s receiving and all-purpose yardage leader. He had 980 yards on 79 receptions. Combined with his 283 kickoff return yards, he led Idaho with an all-purpose average of 118.0 yards per game.
LaGrone was the leader among the Vandals’ tight ends with 18 receptions for 257 yards for an average of 14.3 yards per catch.
Marboe, who has started 36 successive games for the Vandals, was on the Rimington Award Watch List for third season.
Baker led the Idaho rushing attack with 593 yards on 143 carries and a team-best six touchdowns.
Buckley was the Vandals’ tackles for loss and sack leader with 16 tackles for loss totaling -62 yards, and seven sacks totaling -45 yards. He had 46 total tackles.
Millan led Idaho in total tackles with 90, which includes 11 tackles for loss (second on the team) and four sacks as well as four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries.
Jordan was third on the team in tackles with 77 but the team leader in pass breakups with nine.
Williams led the Vandals with three interceptions and had 58 tackles.