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1980 [[Script error]]
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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
DivisionScript error
1980 record6–5 (4–3 Big Sky)
Head coachJerry Davitch (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorBill Tripp (3rd season)
Offensive schemeVeer
Defensive coordinatorLeland Kendall [1][2][3]
(1st season)
Base defense5–2
CaptainGlen White (posthumous)
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
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Template:1980 Big Sky football standings The 1980 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1980 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals were led by third-year head coach Jerry Davitch and were members of the Big Sky Conference. They played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

With freshman transfer quarterback Ken Hobart running the veer offense,[1][2] the Vandals were 6–5 overall and 4–3 in the Big Sky to tie for second. Idaho lost to rival Boise State for the fourth straight year. BSU won the Big Sky title in 1980 and competed in the four-team Division I-AA playoffs; the Broncos won the finals over defending champion Eastern Kentucky.

It was the first winning season for the Vandals since 1976 and only the fourth winning record for the football program in over four decades.[3]

Notable playersEdit

Transfer quarterback Ken Hobart from Kamiah was a four-year starter. He quickly adjusted from an option quarterback in the veer under Davitch to a prolific passer under new head coach Dennis Erickson in 1982. He led the Vandals to a 9–4 record in 1982 and an 8–3 record in 1983 as a fifth-year senior, when he was a Division I-AA All-American. Hobart played a season in the USFL with Jacksonville in 1984 and several in the CFL.

Sophomore linebacker Sam Merriman from Tucson, Arizona,[4] was selected in the seventh round (177th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. A four-year starter for the Vandals, he played five seasons with Seattle, primarily on special teams.[5][6][7] He was a probable starter in 1988, but a serious knee injury in a preseason game (on a punt return in overtime) ended his playing career.[8][9][10]

Fallen teammateEdit

Glen White was the Vandals' leading rusher during his junior season in 1979,[11] the best season by a UI running back in the 1970s. He missed the opener,[12] but gained 889 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry in the final ten games as the team finished at 4–7.[13]

While in off-season training in February, White felt weakness and was sent to Seattle for further testing.[14] Diagnosed with aplastic anemia, he battled it for several months until his death from complications on August 9 at an Oklahoma City hospital, near his parents' home at Fort Sill.[15] White, age 22, was posthumously designated an honorary team captain for all eleven games,[16] and the Vandals wore his number 32 on the left side of their helmets during the 1980 season.[17][18]

ScheduleEdit

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RosterEdit

1980 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
SE 7 Klein, JackJack Klein Jr
QB 9 Hobart, KenKen Hobart Fr
QB 11 Vigil, MarkMark Vigil Fr
RB 3 Davis, RussellRussell Davis Jr
RB 35 Jones, WallyWally Jones So
RB 33 Idler, TerryTerry Idler So
RB Payne, TimTim Payne So
QB,SE Bubak, BenBen Bubak Jr
FL Johnson, CurtisCurtis Johnson So
SE Palumbo, JohnJohn Palumbo Sr
TE Coombs, TomTom Coombs Jr
LT 62 Seman, SteveSteve Seman So
LG , Dave MonicoDave Monico Sr
C Hills, PatPat Hills Sr
RG Girnt, JohnJohn Girnt Sr
RT 74 Fery, BruceBruce Fery Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 41 Jennings, GregGreg Jennings Jr
FS , Ray McCannaRay McCanna Sr
SS 25 Miller, KellyKelly Miller Jr
CB McBride, CarltonCarlton McBride Sr
LB 52 Merriman, SamSam Merriman So
LB White, LarryLarry White Fr
DE Hayes, JayJay Hayes Jr
DT 63 Frohnen, DaveDave Frohnen Jr
NG Nelson, SteveSteve Nelson Jr
DT 75 Elder, MontyMonty Elder Sr
DE 44 Moreno, FrankFrank Moreno Fr
DE 43 Barker, LarryLarry Barker Sr
DE 90 Williamson, LloydLloyd Williamson So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 6 O'Brien, PetePete O'Brien Jr
P Brockman, ChrisChris Brockman Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Bill Tripp (OC)
  • Leland Kendall (DC)
  • Ray Groth (OB)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt
Source:[1][2][3][4][5][6]

All-conferenceEdit

Tackle Bruce Fery was the only Vandal on the first team;[7][8] second team selections were running back Russell Davis, defensive end Larry Barker, linebacker Sam Merriman, cornerback Carlton McBride, and placekicker Pete O'Brien.[9] Honorable mention picks included quarterback Ken Hobart, tight end Tom Coombs, defensive end Jay Hayes, safety Kelly Miller, and punter Chris Brockman.[8][9]

NFL DraftEdit

No Vandals were selected in the 1981 NFL Draft, which lasted twelve rounds (332 selections).

Two Vandal juniors were later selected in the 1982 NFL Draft,[10][11][12] also twelve rounds (334 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Tom Coombs TE 7th 181 New York Jets
Russell Davis RB 11th 305 Cincinnati Bengals

ReferencesEdit

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  3. Stewart, Chuck (September 9, 1980). "Consistency said key for Vandals". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 19. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qkFYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QvkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5821%2C2432547.
  4. "Probable starting lineups". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 19. September 13, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=G1tOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wu4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=1938%2C4959865.
  5. "Probable starters". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C. September 20, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fcheAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XDIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4175%2C1907392.
  6. "Probable starters". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C. November 15, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZK1fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0DIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4806%2C6296488.
  7. "Vandal tackle gains Big Sky star spot". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 22. December 3, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iIIwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RvkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3465%2C912168.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Vandals' Fery makes all-conference team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 4C. December 4, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=q4NfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=szAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5601%2C1572687.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Weber, Boise, Reno each land three on Big Sky defensive team all-conference team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 2B. December 6, 1980. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rYNfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=szAMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4172%2C2340238.
  10. "NFL teams grab best local talent". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 27. April 29, 1981. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xPhLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ie4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4526%2C6419724.
  11. "Four Cougars, two Vandals picked". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 35. April 29, 1982. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iQNMAAAAIBAJ&sjid=W_kDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5708%2C3762477.
  12. "NFL teams add Idaho players in late rounds". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C. April 29, 1982. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2steAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pjIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3053%2C5670076.

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