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1957 [[Script error]]
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ConferencePacific Coast Conference
DivisionScript error
1957 record4–4–1 (0–3 PCC)
Head coachSkip Stahley (4th season)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
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1957 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Oregon State § 6 2 0     8 2 0
Oregon § 6 2 0     7 4 0
UCLA 5 2 0     8 2 0
Washington State 5 3 0     6 4 0
Stanford 4 3 0     6 4 0
Washington 3 4 0     3 6 1
California 1 6 0     1 9 0
USC 1 6 0     1 9 0
Idaho 0 3 0     4 4 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1957 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1957 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by fourth-year head coach Skip Stahley and were members of the Pacific Coast Conference. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one home game in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College. Led on the field by quarterbacks Howard Willis and Gary Kenworthy,[1][2][3] Idaho compiled a 4–4–1 overall record and were 0–3 in the PCC.[4]

The Vandals suffered a third straight loss in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, falling 21–13 at Rogers Field in Pullman on November 16.[4] The loss prevented the first winning season for Idaho football since 1938.[5] In the rivalry game with Montana, the Vandals ran their winning streak over the Grizzlies to six and retained the Little Brown Stein.[6]

Notable playersEdit

This Vandal team had several players who went on to extended careers in professional football.[2][3] Jerry Kramer of Sandpoint played eleven seasons at right guard with the Green Bay Packers and won five NFL titles (and the first two Super Bowls) under head coach Vince Lombardi. He was an All-Pro five times and was the lead blocker on the famous Packers sweep. Kramer made the NFL's all-decade team for the 1960s and the NFL's 50th anniversary team, and was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.[7]

Wayne Walker of Boise played fifteen seasons with the Detroit Lions as an outside linebacker and was named All-Pro three times. Both were selected in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL Draft; Kramer was 39th overall and Walker 45th, and both were periodic placekickers as pros. (As Vandals, Kramer was the kicker and Walker was the long snapper.)

Sophomore Jim Norton of Fullerton, California, was a safety and punter for nine seasons with the Houston Oilers; he was the all-time interceptions leader in the American Football League and his #43 was the first retired by the franchise.

Jim Prestel of Indianapolis was a defensive tackle for eight seasons in the NFL, primarily with the expansion Minnesota Vikings. A junior in 1957, he missed most of the season due to his mother's terminal illness.[8][9] Selected in the sixth round of the 1959 NFL Draft, 70th overall, he was granted another year of eligibility and played for Idaho in 1959 and began his pro career with the Cleveland Browns in 1960. Prestel was also a standout player on the Vandal basketball team.[10] He played in his final game at Idaho in the Battle of the Palouse in late October with a broken foot, then was sidelined and missed the basketball season.[11]


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1957 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
G, DT 64 Kramer, JerryJerry Kramer (C) Sr
C, LB 53 Walker, WayneWayne Walker Sr
HB, S 46 Norton, JimJim Norton So
T, DT 79 Prestel, JimJim Prestel 10px Jr
E 82 Aldrich, LarryLarry Aldrich Sr
E 80 Patterson, WadeWade Patterson Jr
QB 14 Willis, HowardHoward Willis (C) Sr
QB 18 Kenworthy, GaryGary Kenworthy Sr
QB 16 Farnworth, GaryGary Farnworth So
HB 24 Fenton, LloydLloyd Fenton Sr
HB 43 Dehlinger, BobBob Dehlinger Jr
FB 37 Hall, KenKen Hall Jr
T 72 Anderson, TonyTony Anderson Sr
G 65 Hill, DaleDale Hill Jr
E 85 Lawson, J.D.J.D. Lawson Jr
T 74 Johnson, PetePete Johnson Jr
G 60 Smythe, JerryJerry Smythe Sr
T 71 Symms, SteveSteve Symms So
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 64 Kramer, JerryJerry Kramer Sr
LS 53 Walker, WayneWayne Walker Sr
P 46 Norton, JimJim Norton So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Ed Knecht (Backs)
  • J.V. Johnson (Ends)
  • Don Swartz (Line)
  • Wayne Anderson (Freshmen)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt


Because of their limited conference schedule, no Vandals were on the All-PCC first team (eleven spots), but two were selected for the second team; guard Jerry Kramer and center Wayne Walker. Honorable mention were quarterback Howard Willis, end Larry Aldrich, and fullback Ken Hall.[5][6]

NFL DraftEdit

Four Vandals were selected in the 1958 NFL Draft:[7]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Jerry Kramer G 4th 39 Green Bay Packers
Wayne Walker C 4th 45 Detroit Lions
Larry Aldrich E 11th 127 Pittsburgh Steelers
Wade Patterson E 16th 183 Chicago Cardinals
^ Patterson was granted another year of eligibility and played for Idaho in 1958.

One junior was selected in the 1959 NFL Draft:[8]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Script errorJim Prestel ^Script error T 6th 70  Cleveland Browns 
^ Prestel was granted another year of eligibility and played for Idaho in 1959.

One sophomore was selected in the 1960 NFL Draft:[1]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Script errorJim NortonScript error WR 7th 75 Script errorDetroit LionsScript error


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