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1966 [[Script error]]
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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
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1966 record4–6 (3–1 Big Sky)
Head coachSteve Musseau (2nd season)
CaptainJohn Foruria (QB)
CaptainRon Porter (LB)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
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Template:1966 Big Sky football standings The 1966 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1966 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by second-year head coach Steve Musseau and played a second season in the Big Sky Conference, but remained in the university division. 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 John Foruria and Steve Garman and senior fullback Ray McDonald, the Vandals were 4–6 overall and 3–1 in conference play. Idaho nearly won the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State for the third straight year, but lost 14–7 in the chilly mud at Neale Stadium after giving up two late touchdowns.[1][2][3] It remains the last time the rivalry was played in the state of Idaho; the Vandals dropped fourteen straight to the Cougars until consecutive wins in 1999 and 2000.

McDonald rushed for 255 yards in the season finale against Weber State and led the NCAA for the season with 1,329 yards.[4][5][6] He was the thirteenth overall selection in the 1967 NFL Draft, the highest-ever for a Vandal, taken by the Washington Redskins.


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1966 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Foruria, JohnJohn Foruria (C) Sr
QB 14 Gentle, PaulPaul Gentle Jr
QB, P 16 Rodriguez, JoeJoe Rodriguez Sr
QB 18 Garman, SteveSteve Garman So
E 20 Skaife, JerryJerry Skaife Sr
WB 22 McCollum, JoeJoe McCollum Sr
FB 32 McDonald, RayRay McDonald Sr
WB, PK 36 Danielson, DarrellDarrell Danielson Jr
FB 40 Chubb, ArtArt Chubb
WB 43 Pearsall, JimJim Pearsall So
HB 44 Slaughter, ButchButch Slaughter Sr
C 51 Atkinson, GaryGary Atkinson So
C 55 Skuse, BobBob Skuse Sr
OL 61 Kleinkopf, KarlKarl Kleinkopf Jr
RG 65 McCray, BobBob McCray Jr
LG 67 Ulrich, SteveSteve Ulrich Jr
OL 71 Thiemens, JimJim Thiemens Jr
OL 72 Evans, BrianBrian Evans Jr
LT 79 Grove, GaryGary Grove So
WR 81 Toney, RichRich Toney Jr
OL 82 Bufton, BillBill Bufton Sr
TE 83 Lavens, TimTim Lavens Sr
WR 88 Murrell, MannyManny Murrell So
Pos. # Name Class
S 11 Ahlin, JerryJerry Ahlin Sr
DB 20 Davidson, PatPat Davidson Jr
CB 21 Nelson, DickDick Nelson So
DB 24 Strickland, ByronByron Strickland Jr
CB 27 Dotson, KennyKenny Dotson So
DB 34 Shelt, JohnJohn Shelt Jr
DB 38 Young, GayleGayle Young Jr
DB 42 Young, RobRob Young So
DB 45 Woodward, RobRob Woodward
LB 50 Busby, AlAl Busby Sr
DT 60 Daniel, JohnJohn Daniel Sr
LB 63 Pratt, LaVerleLaVerle Pratt Sr
LB 66 Porter, RonRon Porter (C) Sr
DT 70 Fitzpatrick, GaryGary Fitzpatrick Sr
MG 73 Carson, TomTom Carson So
DL 74 Mann, VicVic Mann Jr
DT 75 Arndt, DickDick Arndt Sr
DT 78 Fernandez, BudBud Fernandez Sr
DE, KR 80 Miller, RayRay Miller Sr
DE 85 Stephens, TomTom Stephens Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 16 Rodriguez, JoeJoe Rodriguez Sr
PK 36 Danielson, DarrellDarrell Danielson Jr
KR 80 Miller, RayRay Miller Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Herb Adams (OB)
  • Walt Anderson (OL)
  • Billy Hughes (DB)
  • Jack Jacobsen (LB)
  • John G. Smith (DL)

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


Fullback Ray McDonald was a unanimous selection to the all-conference team, joined by guard Steve Ulrich, center Bob Skuse, defensive end Tom Stephens, middle guard Dick Arndt, and linebacker Ron Porter.[3][4] Second team (honorable mention) picks were guard Bob McCray, tackle Gary Fitzpatrick, tight end Tim Lavens, quarterback Steve Garman, defensive tackles John Daniel and Ray Miller, linebacker Jerry Ahlin, and defensive backs Byron Strickland and John Foruria.[4]

McDonald was a second-team All-American (AP, UPI, NEA),[5] and a first team selection by the Sporting News and Time.[6][7]

NFL DraftEdit

Four Vandal seniors were selected in the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft, the first common draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (445 selections).

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Ray McDonald RB 1st 13 Washington Redskins
Ron Porter LB 5th 126 Baltimore Colts
John Foruria QB 8th 192 Pittsburgh Steelers
Tim Lavens TE 9th 212 New Orleans Saints

Three seniors were previously selected as future picks in the 1966 NFL Draft, which lasted twenty rounds (305 selections).

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Dick Arndt DT 5th 77 Los Angeles Rams
Ray Miller DE 7th 108 Green Bay Packers
LaVerle Pratt LB 14th 210 St. Louis Cardinals


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