Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Silver and Gold!
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 04/19/2012
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Robb Akey can only be kind of happy at the conclusion of the University of Idaho football team’s Silver and Gold Scrimmage Friday night.

“I’d like to see the quarterbacks make some great throws and get the offense moving,” he said as the Vandals’ braced for their spring practice finale. “I’d like to see some receivers make some big plays. I’d like to see a run or two break.

“Then I’d like to see our defense not give up anything. How’s that going to work?”

Friday’s 6 p.m. scrimmage at the Kibbie Dome is the third for the Vandals this spring and airs on Spokane’s SWX-TV as well as on radio stations  KCLK (1430-AM, Lewiston), KVNI (1080-AM, Coeur d’Alene), KLER (1300-AM, Orofino)  and KFXD (630-AM, Boise), and the online VandalExtra at

It is the coaches’ final opportunity to see the Vandals in a full contact scrimmage until fall camp opens on August. It also is another chance to see how much the players have absorbed from new coaches, new schemes and new teammates.

“It’s soaking in. It’s sinking in. It’s make sense,” said Akey of the revised offensive schemes put in place by first-year coordinator Jason Gesser along with tight ends coach Al Pupunu, offensive line coach Gordie Shaw and receivers coach/passing game coordinator Mike Levenseller.

“It’s helped us to be more effective. We’re doing things better. We’re more disciplined on that side of the ball.”

Some questions for which there will not be answers Friday are the full view of the offensive line after injuries depleted the unit this spring and who will be under center Mike Marboe, the one definitive on the line. Akey likes what he’s seeing in juniors Taylor Davis and Dominique Blackman. Neither, however, has taken charge of the quarterback position and earned the starting nod.

“I’m looking for something clean and consistent from those guys,” Akey said. “They’ve both done some real good things. They both have had success in situations and they both have thrown the ball well.”

The Vandals kickoff the 2012 season against Eastern Washington Aug. 30. Season tickets are on sale at or by calling 208-885-6466.




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