NCF Nation: Shiloh Keo

The Senior Bowl has been announcing the players to be featured in its game over the last several weeks, with plenty more to come. Some of the top non-AQ players in the country will be represented in Mobile, Ala., for the showcase game on Jan. 29.

Here is a partial list:

Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

Jerrel Jernigan, WR/AP, Troy

Jeremy Kerley, WR/AP, TCU

Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State

Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

Titus Young, WR, Boise State

Dalton joins a South roster that already features Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy and Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder. Dalton's draft status is one to watch, in my opinion. He may not be Andrew Luck but he has got the intangibles covered. It's hard to argue against a player who has won a school-record 42 games and definitely has the size at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds to play in the NFL.

Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 5 senior quarterback going into the draft in his current rankings. Others project him as a fourth- to fifth-round pick.

"I’m just going to go out and show [scouts] how I play, show them that I can play with a lot of these players," Dalton said in a statement announcing his participation. "Hopefully people will see my leadership abilities and all the different intangibles that I can bring to the game."

Kiper has Jernigan listed as his No. 4 senior wide receiver.

Several other top non-AQ players have committed to play in another all-star game, the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando on Jan. 22. Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been invited to play in both games. Here is a partial list of the East-West participants:

Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State

Ricky Dobbs, QB, Navy

Lester Jean, WR, FAU

Jeron Johnson, S, Boise State

Shiloh Keo, S, Idaho

Brian Lainhart, S, Kent State

Josh McNary, DE, Army

Dontay Moch, DE/LB, Nevada

Justin Taplin-Ross, S, Utah
Idaho defensive back Shiloh Keo was suspended for a half-game by the WAC on Wednesday for delivering a blow to the head on Boise State quarterback Mike Coughlin last week.

Commissioner Karl Benson originally suspended Keo for one game, but the decision was appealed by Idaho and reduced to a half-game by the WAC sportsmanship committee. Benson is required to review all hits to the head. After reviewing the play, he determined that a flagrant personal foul should have been called, which would have resulted in Keo's ejection.

The play happened at the beginning of the fourth quarter, when Keo hit Coughlin as the quarterback attempted to run for a first down during the 52-14 win.

Keo must sit out the first half at Utah State on Saturday.

As for Utah State, coach Gary Andersen dismissed linebacker Junior Keiaho from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules, the school announced Wednesday.

Keiaho had 20 tackles in eight games while battling a knee injury throughout the season. He recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, including one sack, along with three pass break-ups and one interception.

Lunchtime links

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More mid-week MAC-tion tonight. Are you ready for Ohio at Temple? I will take Temple, 24-10.

Now on to some links:

Utah running back Sausan Shakerin sustained another concussion in the loss to Notre Dame, and his career is over.

Meanwhile, coach Kyle Whittingham is sticking with quarterback Jordan Wynn, but didn't dismiss the possibility of playing Terrance Cain.

Idaho safety Shiloh Keo lashed out at his teammates following the loss to Boise State, saying, "There are too many guys out here who aren't playing like a team."

TCU assistant coach Eddie Williamson has been released from the hospital after being treated for chest pains.

Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick is on the verge of something special.

Great column by Rick Cleveland of the Clarion Ledger on the three Southern Miss football players who were shot following a bar fight.

Louisiana Tech cleared some hurdles in its win over New Mexico State.

Air Force QB Tim Jefferson fights through injuries.

FAU is getting $900,000 to play at Texas on Saturday, and more money games are in the Owls' future to help the athletic budget.

Tulsa is playing its best football of the season.

SMU has a third chance to take control of the Conference USA West race.

Western Michigan CB Raheam Buxton lost his brother to a late-night shooting last Saturday in Florida, and won't play this weekend so he can attend the funeral.

Middle Tennessee's turnover margin is on pace to be the worst in FBS since 1997.

Mel Kiper's latest big board

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There are no non-AQ players on Mel Kiper's latest big board, released today. Though you will need an ESPN Insider account to look at it, there are some among his top five seniors at each position.

At quarterback, TCU's Andy Dalton moves into the No. 4 position thanks to his strong start to the season. He is completing 75 percent of his passes, with four touchdowns and two interceptions, and also has 113 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground. Nathan Enderle of Idaho is off the list, thanks in part to his five interception performance against Nebraska a few weeks ago.

Others to watch:

No. 3 FB Charles Clay, Tulsa.

No. 5 WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy.

No. 4 OG Andrew Jackson, Fresno State.

No. 5 OG Marcus Cannon, TCU.

No. 5 C Kevin Kowalski, Toledo.

No. 3 OLB Dontay Moch, Nevada.

No. 5 S Shiloh Keo, Idaho.

No. 4 K Matt Szymanski, SMU.

There aren't as many non-AQ players on the non-seniors list. You'll have to check that one out for yourselves.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Idaho safety Shiloh Keo was cited for misdemeanor battery after an altercation Saturday night following the team’s win over Hawaii.

Keo, the Vandals’ leading tackler, allegedly was involved in a fight in Moscow at about 10:30 p.m., according to the Idaho Statesman.

Keo turned himself in to the Moscow Police Department on Tuesday and was cited and released. He will be arraigned in two weeks.

Idaho coach Robb Akey said Keo will face disciplinary action, but likely will not miss this weekend’s game against Nevada.
"I am aware of the situation and am very disappointed that Shiloh made a poor choice off the field," Akey said in statement. "I have dealt with this situation with Shiloh and he will have to pay a price. I am confident that he will learn from this situation. As well as dealing with the repercussions within our program, he will also have to make things right with the court of law."

Idaho midseason review

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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.

Idaho aims high in 2009

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Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson


When Idaho opened camp earlier this month, coach Robb Akey and his staff treated the Vandals to steaks to celebrate the start of a new year.

But as the players looked for plates for their steaks, all they found were bowls.

“It’s a little thing, but I want bowls in their heads,” Akey said. “And make that be a goal.”

Since Akey arrived in 2007, the Vandals have posted a 3-21 record and they’ve won one conference game. Idaho hasn’t had a winning season since 1999 and hasn’t been to a bowl since 1998.

But Akey has confidence in this year’s squad. For the first time since he arrived, he feels like his players are strong enough and fast enough to compete with the other teams in the WAC. He now also has an experienced team that knows what he and his staff expect.

“I think, realistically, this is where you’re going to be when you’re looking at building a program,” Akey said. “It takes a period of time, especially in football with the numbers that are involved, and you take into consideration when we first came in here there were some issues.”

Akey was the fourth coach to take over the Vandals since 2003. There was no continuity and there was a lot of distrust from the players toward the coaching staff. During his first season, Akey had to dismiss 17 scholarship players, some of who were engaging in drug use and other things Akey said were detrimental to the team. The consequences of the move were two-fold. Not only did Akey dismiss almost all of the most athletic players on the team, the school also took an APR hit from the NCAA and have played with a limited number of scholarship players the past couple seasons.

“Those were kids who did have the size and speed and we’re able to help, but if they can’t do things the right way it wasn’t going to give us a strong foundation,” Akey said. “So the result of getting rid of those guys, we not only lost some depth there with guys that were upperclassmen, but then the NCAA hits you with the APR, so we lose scholarships the following year as well as initials in the next class. It was a tough situation from the start.”

It was a necessary move if Akey and his staff were going to build a program. And heading into Saturday’s game against New Mexico State, that’s what he thinks he’s done.

The Vandals return 16 players, including quarterback Nathan Enderle, running back Deonte’ Jackson and safety Shiloh Keo. Akey has encouraged competition this season and has rewarded players for winning. The team has responded with the most competitive and spirited camp in Akey's tenure.

Akey knows his team still faces challenges. The Vandals don’t have a lot of depth on either the offensive or defensive line and they’re also a little thin at linebacker, but there’s good competition at quarterback and the receivers and running backs are playing on par with some of the better skill players in the conference.

And Akey’s continued to drill the thought of bowls into his players' heads. He knows his team isn’t ready to win the conference, but he believes there are six wins on the schedule, enough to get the Vandals bowl eligible for the first time since 1999.

“I’m talking to them about bowl expectations, and I know people think Akey’s got to be crazy because Idaho won one conference game last season,” Akey said. “But there’s a fine line in the difference in a lot of the games that went one way or another regardless of what the scoreboard read. There’s a fine line in a lot of the teams in our conference.

“I really believe you never want to limit anybody’s expectations. I think you’ve got to take a realistic look at things, but if you set your goals high you’ve got a better opportunity to do it. If you don’t set those goals high, there’s no way that they can have a chance to do it.”

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