Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
Gesser addresses media
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 10/22/2012
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MOSCOW, Idaho – Interim University of Idaho football coach Jason Gesser met with the media Monday morning as he assumes his role in leading the Vandals into the final four games of the 2012 season.

Gesser, at times emotional, was optimistic in his assessment of his position and the progress the Vandals can make during the final month of the season.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Gesser said. “Obviously a lot of mixed things going on right now with myself internally and with the team; just taking it minute by minute and second by second. That’s all you can do right now.”

Gesser said the biggest change, in addition to juggling the role of head coach along with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, is where he will be on game day. In the past, he has called the offense from the press box. As head coach, he likely will move to field level. He said he will rely heavily on the veteran staff surrounding him – in particular fellow coordinators Gordy Shaw (offensive line and run game coordinator), Mike Levenseller (passing game coordinator and receivers), and Mark Criner (defensive coordinator and linebackers).

The Vandals have a bye this week before returning to Western Athletic Conference play Nov. 3 against San Jose State for Idaho’s annual Dads’ Weekend football game. It’s a blessing, Gesser said, to have a bye this week.

“It’s all about us being together, about us stepping forward,” he said. “It’s having each other’s back. We have to rely on each other. We have to be there for each other. It’s about doing what is best for the team.

“A player that makes a team great is a lot better than a great player. That’s what we need right now. Players that are going to make the team great.”

Gesser was elevated to offensive coordinator last spring after serving as the Vandals running backs coach in 2011. He was an All-American quarterback at Washington State University and played professionally in the NFL and CFL before making his way into the coaching ranks.

“We’re going to hurt but we’re also going to put our best foot forward,” he said.

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