[Vandal] Indiana Football 2021 Opponent Profile: Idaho

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>From the Daily Hoosier
Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, July 9, 2021
Indiana Football 2021 Opponent Profile: Idaho
By Dustin Dopirak
Opponent: Idaho
Date/Time/Location: Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Indiana
Idaho 2020-21 record/result: 2-4 overall, 2-4 in the Big Sky conference in the FCS, no playoff berth
Returning Starters, Offense (11): QB Mike Beaudry, RB Nick Romano, WR Jermaine Jackson,WR Cutrell Haywood, WR Hayden Hatten, TE Logan Kendall,  LT Logan Floyd, LG MatthewFaupusa, C Chad Bagwell/Greyson Harwood, RG Nate Azzopardi, RT Seth Carnahan
Offensive Outlook: Because the FCS chose to move its fall season to the spring due toCOVID-19, Idaho is packing two football seasons into one calendar year, which is going to bea bear. However, the fact that seasons played in the 2020-21 school year didn’t count againstanyone’s eligibility works out even better for programs at that level because fewer of theirathletes had reason to consider an NFL jump. The Vandals didn’t return every player who starteda game on offense last season, but they did return at least one player who started at everyposition. They return all four players who completed at least one pass, nine of 10 players whohad at least one carry and eight of nine receivers who caught at least one pass. The Vandals wereeighth in the Big Sky in scoring (23.3 points per game) and sixth in total offense (386.8 yardsper game). There were eighth in the league in passing offense and 10th in passing efficiency, butfourth in the league in rushing. They return the third leading receiver in the Big Sky last seasonin Hatten, who caught 43 passes for 613 yards and three touchdowns in just six games. Hattenwas a first-team All-Big Sky selection. So was fullback Logan Kendell.
Returning Starters, Defense (10): DT Jonah Kim, DT Nate DeGraw, DT Noah Ellis, WLBFa’Avae Fa’Avae, MLB Tre Walker, Buck LB Charles Akanno, CB Jalen Hoover, CB WyryorNoil, FS Tyrese Dedmon, SS Jaxon Woodward
Starters Lost, Defense (1): SLB Christian Ellis
Defensive Outlook: Ellis, a first-team All-Big Sky pick, is a significant loss, as he was the team’ssecond-leading tackler with 51 in just five games. However, Walker was not only first-teamAll-Big Sky, but a first-team All-American in the FCS after a season in which he recorded 54tackles including 4.5 for loss and 2.0 sacks in just four games. Dedmon and Hoover were alsosecond-team all-league picks. Thanks to that strong linebacker corps, the Vandals finished secondin the conference against the run, allowing just 111.7 yards per game. (First if you don’t countMontana, which played just two games.) However, they had major problems against the pass,finishing ninth in the conference by allowing 331.8 yards per game through the air.
Special Teams Losses (2): K/P Cade Coffey, LS Cameron Lang
Special Teams Outlook: Coffey was a second-team all-conference punter, averaging 45.85 yardsper punt, and he also hit on nine of his 10 field goal attempts, including one from 51 yards.However the Vandals can go to Logan Prescott, who kicked two field goals, making one from47 yards, and four punts last season behind Coffey. He averaged 45.75 yards per punt, so heclearly has the leg for the job.
Overall outlook: Paul Petrino’s Vandals have some talent and with everything they havereturning, they should finish with more than two wins in 2021. They’ll be dealing with the wearand tear of two seasons played so closely together, but so will everyone else in the FCS. Thatbeing said, one of those wins should not come at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 11. The Hoosiers’had a historically successful season without fans   outside of players’ family members   in thestands in 2020. The home opener should be packed for a primetime game and the Hoosiersshould be able to turn it into a laugher quickly. Anything less than domination will lead to a lotof questions about where the Hoosiers really stand.
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