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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Idaho midseason review


Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

IDAHO VANDALS (6-1, 3-0 WAC)

The story of coach Robb Akey serving his team out of bowls this fall camp to get them thinking about the postseason is one that will become part of Idaho lore. After combining for just three wins during Akey’s first two seasons, the Vandals have won six of their first seven games and are one of only two teams in the WAC with a winning record. What started out as just getting bowl eligible has turned into challenging for the WAC conference title and earning a better bowl than anyone on the team thought possible. In terms of record, the Vandals have had the greatest turnaround of any team this season and don't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Offensive MVP

Max Komar, WR: Komar doesn’t look like a prototypical slot receiver, but his big bruising body has probably been his greatest asset. He’s muscled defenders off the ball to lead the team with 33 catches for 538 yards and two touchdowns. He’s been Enderle’s go-to receiver all season.

Defensive MVP

Shiloh Keo, DB: Keo was supposed to be the team’s best defender a year ago, but a season-ending injury cut his year short. He’s come back with a vengeance to lead the Vandals with three interceptions and 64 tackles. He’s been integral in preserving leads in close games such as 31-29 win against Colorado State.