Five Idaho football players to watch when UNLV visits the Vandals at 4 p.m. Saturday:
1. Quarterback Matt Linehan, senior. Passed for 3,184 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, and against UNLV threw for 249 yards and a TD and rushed for a score. Opened this season completing 14 of 19 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-6 victory over Sacramento State.
2. Defensive end Aikeem Coleman, senior. Was named to the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason first team. Led team with 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks last season, earning conference Newcomer of the Year award. Also responsible for seven quarterback hurries.
3. Linebacker Tony Lashley, junior. Selected to conference preseason second team. Has led Idaho in tackles the past seven games, and had eight against Sacramento State.
4. Running back Aaron Duckworth, senior. Rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown in the opener, averaging 7.5 yards per carry. Ran for 672 yards last season.
5. Linebacker Kaden Elliss, junior. Totaled four tackles, including one for a loss and a sack on Thursday. Also broke up a pass and forced a fumble. Finished last season with 65 tackles, including eight for loss. Also intercepted five passes, returning one for a touchdown against UNLV.
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