September 10, 2007
Entering Familiar Territory
Washington State University head football coach Bill Doba has already conceded the high jump competition to Idaho head football coach Robb Akey. Doba will not be intimidated but would probably have to hire a stunt jumping double to compete with Akey - who made his signature jumps of joy while he was defensive coordinator for the Cougars from 2003-06 under Doba. But Akey has only had limited reasons to jump so far in this, his first, season as the head coach at Idaho after taking over for Dennis Erickson who left after one year for the proverbial greener grass at Arizona State.
One of Akey's first moves as head coach was merely to rebuild the team - 17 of Erickson's players have either left the team of their own volition or were helped to do so by Akey since he has taken over. That left a gigantic hole to fill - mainly on the defensive line - which took the brunt of the defections. Akey switched to a 3-4 alignment and so far that has worked out well as the Idaho linebackers and defensive secondary were incoming strengths of the team. Senior linebacker David Vobora was the one getting much of the pre-season love but it has been senior defensive back Stanley Franks and sophomore safety Shiloh Keo, who have popped up impressively in the first two games against USC [a 38-10 loss] and Division I-AA Cal-Poly [a 20-13 victory].
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