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1983 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
1983 record8–3 (4–3 Big Sky)
Head coachDennis Erickson
(2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorDan Cozzetto (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJohn L. Smith (2nd season)
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
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Template:1983 Big Sky football standings The 1983 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1983 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by second-year head coach Dennis Erickson, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

Led by senior quarterback Ken Hobart, the Vandals finished 8–3 in the regular season and 4–3 in the Big Sky to tie for third with rival Boise State, whom they defeated in consecutive years for the first time. It was Idaho's first win in Moscow in the series in six tries, and was the second of twelve straight over the Broncos, through 1993.

The Vandals won four of five home games in 1983, losing to nemesis Nevada-Reno for the fifth year in a row.[1] They also lost to conference runner-up Idaho State;[2][3] both of whom were selected for the 12-team I-AA playoffs.[1] Idaho won all four of its non-conference games, but three were against Division II and NAIA opponents.

Although Idaho missed the postseason, 1983 marked the first time in 45 years that the Vandals had consecutive winning seasons in football, last accomplished in 1938 under head coach Ted Bank.[4] After just two seasons, Erickson's seventeen victories placed him sixth in career wins among Vandal head coaches.[5]

Notable players

Senior quarterback Ken Hobart, a walk-on four-year starter, led the 1983 Vandals to an 8–3 record and named a Division I-AA All-American. Selected in the second round of the 1984 USFL Draft by Jacksonville, he was traded to Denver during the season and then spent six seasons (1985–90) in the CFL. He was selected tenth in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft by the New York Jets, but never played in the NFL.


Sep 107:00 pm[[{{{school}}}|Southern Colorado]] (NAIA)*W 43–2812,500
Sep 1712:30 pmat Montana State
  • Reno H. Sales Stadium
  • Bozeman, Montana
W 23–0
Sep 246:30 pmat No. 13 Idaho StateNo. 11
  • ISU MiniDome
  • Pocatello, Idaho (Rivalry)
L 31–4112,983
Oct 017:00 pmEastern Washington (Div. II)*No. 20
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, Idaho
W 38–2412,500
Oct 087:00 pmat Portland State (Div. II)*No. 19
W 17–163,853
Oct 156:00 pmat Weber StateNo. 19
  • Wildcat Stadium
  • Ogden, Utah
L 10–2815,632
Oct 221:30 pmMontanadagger
W 45–2416,400
Oct 292:00 pmat Pacific (Div. I-A)*No. 19
W 31–1911,500
Nov 056:30 pmat Northern ArizonaNo. 14
  • Walkup Skydome
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
W 40–107,138
Nov 127:00 pmNevada-RenoNo. 14
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, Idaho
L 24–4315,000
Nov 197:00 pmBoise State
W 45–2415,400
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from NCAA (Div. I-AA)
  • All times are in Pacific time


1983 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR 7 Allen, BrianBrian Allen Sr
QB 9 Hobart, KenKen Hobart Sr
QB 10 Linehan, ScottScott Linehan File:Redshirt.svg So
TE 12 Auker, ScottScott Auker So
QB 15 Tracy, DarelDarel Tracy Fr
RB 23 Shill, MikeMike Shill Jr
RB 26 Barrow, MarlonMarlon Barrow Jr
RB 32 Jackson, SteveSteve Jackson So
RB 34 Hickey, KerryKerry Hickey Sr
G 55 West, LanceLance West Jr
C 60 Jackson, ShawnShawn Jackson Sr
T 62 Seman, SteveSteve Seman Sr
G 68 Watson, MattMatt Watson Jr
T 77 Thorsen, DaveDave Thorsen Sr
TE 87 Vestman, KurtKurt Vestman Sr
WR 89 Whittenburg, RonRon Whittenburg Sr
Pos. # Name Class
CB 2 Loveall, CalvinCalvin Loveall Jr
CB 4 Simpson, SteveSteve Simpson Jr
CB Johnston, MikeMike Johnston Jr
FS 16 Tidd, MarkMark Tidd Fr
LB 33 Crout, JohnJohn Crout Sr
LB 38 Hennessey, TomTom Hennessey Fr
SS 42 Bailey, BoyceBoyce Bailey Sr
DE 44 Moreno, FrankFrank Moreno Injured File:Redshirt.svg Sr
DE 47 Lewis, DarbyDarby Lewis Sr
LB Fryhover, ToddTodd Fryhover Jr
LB Rifilato, EdEd Rifilato Jr
DT 64 Smiley, JoeJoe Smiley So
DT 66 Alwine, JohnJohn Alwine Sr
DT Andrews, JohnJohn Andrews Sr
DE Anderson, DanDan Anderson Jr
DE Manoa, SamSam Manoa Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 McMonigle, TimTim McMonigle Jr
P 9 Hobart, KenKen Hobart Sr
P Magnuson, DarinDarin Magnuson Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt


Quarterback Hobart, flanker Brian Allen, and safety Boyce Bailey were named to the Big Sky all-conference team;[9][10] Hobart repeated as the league's outstanding offensive player.[11] Vandals named to the second team were tight end Kurt Vestman, wide receiver Ron Whittenburg, running back Kerry Hickey, guard Lance West, and linebacker / defensive end Sam Manoa.[9][10]

NFL Draft

One Vandal senior was selected in the 1984 NFL Draft, which lasted twelve rounds (336 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Kurt Vestman TE 10th 266 Chicago Bears

Hobart was a second round selection of the Jacksonville Bulls in the 1984 USFL Draft,[13] and signed a contract in January.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Stalwick, Howie (November 21, 1983). "Nevada-Reno, Idaho State in playoffs; Vandals are out". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. C2.
  2. Stalwick, Howie (September 26, 1983). "McMonigle can't celebrate record". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 17.
  3. Stalwick, Howie (November 15, 1983). "Is there still life for the Vandals?". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 18.
  4. College Football Data Warehouse Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine – Idaho Vandals – yearly totals – accessed 2011-10-02
  5. Ramsdell, Paul (November 28, 1983). "Vandals post an 8-3 record and hope for more". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C.
  6. "Starting line-ups". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 6C. September 10, 1983.
  7. "Vandals field veteran lineup". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C4. September 7, 1983.
  8. Ramsdell, Paul (November 19, 1983). "Football feud: Idaho, BSU resume rivalry". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1C.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Hobart, Allen make first team". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. December 1, 1983.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Idaho's Boyce Bailey lands spot on All-Big Sky defensive team". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. December 2, 1983.
  11. "Hobart grabs conference's top honor". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B. December 3, 1983.
  12. Devlin, Vince (May 2, 1984). "WSU lineman picked in 1st round". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 17.
  13. - Jacksonville - 1984 Draft - accessed 2010-05-27
  14. Stalwick, Howie (January 30, 1984). "Ken Hobart signs huge USFL pact". Spokane Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 13.,2874513.

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