One-hundred and twenty minutes into spring football, University of Idaho coach Robb Akey knows a few things for certain – there are some competitive battles being waged for starting positions on both sides of the ball and at every position.
Of course, the focal point during Thursday’s first of 15 spring practices was who will start at quarterback.
“We’ve got a race between two guys,” he said of the competition between juniors Taylor Davis and Dominique Blackman. “It’s going to take time to sort that out. We’re going to evaluate everything they do. Who can run the show the best? Who can lead the group the best? There’s a lot that goes into that position.”
“There is some rust that needs to be shaken off,” he said.
Some of the bright spots were the returns to the field by senior linebacker Robert Siavii and senior defensive back Thaad Thompson – both coming off injuries that halted their 2011 seasons. Their energetic returns were mirrored by the rest of the team.
“I had good expectations,” Akey said. “I like the way we went through winter – be the best players we can be; be the best team we can be – on and off the field. Everything needs to come together – the mental aspect, the physical aspect, the team aspect.”
The Vandals return to the field Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. before settling in to a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday routine for the next three weeks. Their final week concludes with the Silver and Gold game Friday, April 20.