McCain comes to Idaho with impressive credentials from DeAnza College and Piedmont High School. As a sophomore at DeAnza, he played in 11 games, threw for 29,58 yards and 32 touchdowns, while completing 198 of 405 passes. He was the NorCal Conference Offensive Player of the Year and twice was recognized as the national underclassman of the week. He was a JC Athletic Bureau-California Community College Football Coaches Association All-American first team. He was a Region I all-California first team and the Offensive Player of the Year.
At DeAnza, he threw for 2, 229 yards and 25 TDs as a senior. He had two games of 300 or more yards with his best outings a 15-of-22 outing that netted 353 yards and two TDs, and a 26-of-29 game for 325 yards and four TDs. He had one game of five touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,139 yards and eight TDs, and played defensive back where he had 335 tackles and three interceptions. As a senior, he was first team all-Mercury News, first-team all-Mount Hamilton division, league MVP, team MVP, Mercury News Player of the Week and Cal-Hi Player of the Week. During his junior season, he earned honorable mention on the all-Mercury News team as well as first-team all-league, league Junior of the Year, Team MVP and one Mercury News Player of the Week honor. He was his team’s MPV as a sophomore and freshman and was the Freshman of the Year.
It seems there isn’t much he can’t do.
“He’s the type of quarterback that is becoming the big thing this day in age,” Petrino said noting McCain’s mobility. “He’s a dual threat. He can run around and make all kinds of plays when the protection breaks down. He’s going to really hurt people throwing the ball on the run and he can tuck it and run.
“He’ll extend plays. He has great speed. We’re very, very excited to get Josh McCain.”