Coordinates: 46°43′34″N 117°01′05″W / 46.726°N 117.018°W / 46.726; -117.018

1983 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
1983 record8–3 (4–3 Big Sky)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDan Cozzetto (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJohn L. Smith (2nd season)
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 11 Nevada* $^ 6 1 0 10 4 0
No. 12 Idaho State ^ 5 2 0 8 4 0
Idaho 4 3 0 8 3 0
Boise State 4 3 0 6 5 0
Weber State 3 4 0 6 5 0
Montana 3 4 0 4 6 0
Northern Arizona 2 5 0 4 7 0
Montana State 1 6 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • * – Nevada was given a win on the Fremont Cannon after UNLV was forced to forfeit the game after an investigation found that ineligible players had participated in the 1983 and 1984 seasons.
Rankings from NCAA Division I-AA Poll

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 Nevada 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.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 107:00 pmSouthern Colorado*W 43–2812,500
September 1712:30 pmat Montana StateW 23–0
September 246:30 pmat No. 13 Idaho StateNo. 11L 31–4112,983[2]
October 17:00 pmEastern Washington*No. 20
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
W 38–2412,500
October 87:00 pmat Portland State*No. 19W 17–163,853
October 156:00 pmat Weber StateNo. 19L 10–2815,632
October 221:30 pmMontanadagger
W 45–2416,400[6][7]
October 292:00 pmat Pacific (CA)*No. 19W 31–1911,500
November 56:30 pmat Northern ArizonaNo. 14W 40–107,138
November 127:00 pmNevadaNo. 14
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
L 24–4315,000
November 197:00 pmBoise State
W 45–2415,400[8][9]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Roster

1983 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 7 Brian Allen Sr
QB 9 Ken Hobart Sr
QB 10 Scott Linehan
 So
TE 12 Scott Auker So
QB 15 Darel Tracy Fr
RB 23 Mike Shill Jr
RB 26 Marlon Barrow Jr
RB 32 Steve Jackson So
RB 34 Kerry Hickey Sr
G 55 Lance West Jr
C 60 Shawn Jackson Sr
T 62 Steve Seman Sr
G 68 Matt Watson Jr
T 77 Dave Thorsen Sr
TE 87 Kurt Vestman Sr
WR 89 Ron Whittenburg Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 2 Calvin Loveall Jr
CB 4 Steve Simpson Jr
CB Mike Johnston Jr
FS 16 Mark Tidd Fr
LB 33 John Crout Sr
LB 38 Tom Hennessey Fr
SS 42 Boyce Bailey Sr
DE 44 Frank Moreno 
 Sr
DE 47 Darby Lewis Sr
LB Todd Fryhover Jr
LB Ed Rifilato Jr
DT 64 Joe Smiley So
DT 66 John Alwine Sr
DT John Andrews Sr
DE Dan Anderson Jr
DE Sam Manoa Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 Tim McMonigle Jr
P 9 Ken Hobart Sr
P Darin Magnuson Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt
Source:[10][11][12]

All-conference

Quarterback Hobart, flanker Brian Allen, and safety Boyce Bailey were named to the Big Sky all-conference team;[13][14] Hobart repeated as the league's outstanding offensive player.[15] 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.[13][14]

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
Source:[16]

Hobart was a second round selection of the Jacksonville Bulls in the 1984 USFL Draft,[17] and signed a contract in January.[18]

References

  1. ^ a b Stalwick, Howie (November 21, 1983). "Nevada-Reno, Idaho State in playoffs; Vandals are out". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). p. C2.
  2. ^ a b 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. ^ Stalwick, Howie (October 22, 1983). "Top game: Montana (4-1) at Idaho (4-2)". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 17.
  7. ^ Blanchette, John (October 23, 1983). "Unlikely heroes save the Vandals". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. D1.
  8. ^ Ramsdell, Paul (November 19, 1983). "Football feud: Idaho, BSU resume rivalry". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 1B.
  9. ^ Ramsdell, Paul (November 20, 1983). "Vandals whip Broncos in the Dome, 45-24". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  10. ^ "Starting line-ups". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 10, 1983. p. 6C.
  11. ^ "Vandals field veteran lineup". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 7, 1983. p. C4.
  12. ^ Ramsdell, Paul (November 19, 1983). "Football feud: Idaho, BSU resume rivalry". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.
  13. ^ a b "Hobart, Allen make first team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). December 1, 1983. p. 1B.
  14. ^ a b "Idaho's Boyce Bailey lands spot on All-Big Sky defensive team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). December 2, 1983. p. 1B.
  15. ^ "Hobart grabs conference's top honor". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). December 3, 1983. p. 1B.
  16. ^ Devlin, Vince (May 2, 1984). "WSU lineman picked in 1st round". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 17.
  17. ^ USFL.info Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine - Jacksonville - 1984 Draft - accessed 2010-05-27
  18. ^ Stalwick, Howie (January 30, 1984). "Ken Hobart signs huge USFL pact". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). p. 13.