1996 Idaho Vandals football team

The 1996 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Vandals, led by second-year head coach Chris Tormey, were members of the Big West Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho. Idaho was 6–5 overall and 3–2 in conference play.

1996 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig West Conference
Record6–5 (3–2 Big West)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGeorge Yarno (2nd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorNick Holt (3rd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Big West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Nevada +   4 1     9 3  
Utah State +   4 1     6 5  
Idaho   3 2     6 5  
North Texas   3 2     5 6  
Boise State   1 4     2 10  
New Mexico State   0 5     1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions

Idaho's home winning streak in the Kibbie Dome extended to seventeen games this season, winning all five home games, but they had only one road victory. That was over rival Boise State in the season finale in Boise, the fourteenth win over the Broncos in the last fifteen seasons.[1]

With the move up to Division I-A this season, Idaho changed its uniforms' shade of gold from yellow to metallic.[2]


August 3112:07 pmat Wyoming*L 38–4017,279
September 76:05 pmat San Diego State*L 21–4029,449
September 143:00 pmSaint Mary's (CA) (Div. I-AA)*W 52–1710,558[3]
September 285:00 pmat Southwest Texas State (Div. I-AA)*L 21–27  7,047[4]
October 53:05 pmCal Poly (Div. I-AA)* 
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
W 38–3314,579[5]
October 1912:05 pmat Nevada
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
W 24–1511,042[6]
October 261:05 pmat Utah StateL 28–3513,712[7]
November 23:05 pmNo. 20 (Div. I-AA) Eastern Washington*
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
W 37–2710,107[8]
November 93:05 pmNew Mexico State
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
W 34–19  9,494
November 1612:00 pmat North TexasL 17–24  7,000[9]
November 2312:30 pmat Boise StateW 64–1922,323[1]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from no Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time


1996 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
RB Willie Alderson Fr
LB 37 Nick Alexakos   So
WR 8 Jerome Allen Jr
WR 24 Kimiko Bandy Sr
WR 80 Rocky Barlow So
RB Vern Bernard Fr
WR 5 Chad Berry Jr
QB 11 Brian Brennan Jr
OL Casey Campbell Fr
TE William Cole Fr
RB 20 Pierre Erick   Fr
QB 12 Ryan Fien Sr
WR 7 Tom Gamelin Sr
TE 31 Andy Gilroy Sr
WR 33 David Griffin Sr
OL 62 Robert Horbaczewski Fr
RB Khalid Hurst Fr
OL Mort Kelley   Fr
TE Ryan Lapointe Jr
OL Jon Love   Fr
C 67 Nathan Lundquist   Fr
OT 77 Justin Meek Jr
OL Brett Morton Fr
TE 84 Jeff Pankratz Jr
QB 16 Darick Pope   Fr
WR 21 Ryan Prestimonico   Fr
WR 17 Deon Price Jr
TE Mike Roberg Fr
WR 4 Robert Scott So
OL 72 Jeff Senkevich   Fr
OL Ryan Schienle   Fr
OL Brian Smith   Fr
OL 78 Jason Stark So
TE Travis Stombaugh Fr
OT 65 Crosby Tajan Jr
WR Jesse Taylor Fr
RB 32 Jerome Thomas So
RB 1 Joel Thomas Jr
C 76 Bill Verdonk Jr
RB 19 Ozzie Wallace Sr
WR Linc Way   Fr
RB 27 Marcelle Williams Jr
WR 3 Antonio Wilson Jr
G 69 Dan Zeamer Sr
OT 71 Steven Zenk Sr
G 60 Richard Zenk Sr
Pos. # Name Class
DE 92 Eric Balzer Fr
DL Kevin Bowman Fr
DB Jaquwan Brackernridge Fr
DT 93 Mike DeGraw Sr
DL Rick Demulling Fr
LB 40 James Durrough   Fr
DL Lani Emerson Fr
LB Wayne Emerson Fr
LB Jared Erickson   Fr
FS 10 Bryson Gardner   Fr
DB Dennis Gibbs Fr
LB Bryan Grey So
DB 23 Arnold Gunn Jr
LB 46 John Harper Jr
DB Bennie Herron Jr
SS 42 Kevin Hill So
LB Casey Hills Fr
LB 82 Jeff James   Fr
DB 2 Tommy James Sr
LB 35 Matt Jasik   Fr
DL James Johnson Fr
DE 99 Matt Kramer   Fr
DT 94 John LaJeunesse Jr
DB 34 Whitney Mayer Jr
DB James McDaniel Fr
CB 14 Ryan McGinnis Jr
DE 89 Barry Mitchell Sr
DE 87 Garner Moody Jr
DE 90 Robert Mulder Sr
LB Sidney Murphy Fr
DB Tom Pace Fr
DB Anthony Parson Fr
DE 96 Ryan Phillips Sr
DB 28 Tom Rayner Jr
LB 7 Jevez Robinson   Fr
DB Chris Rogers   Fr
LB 43 Jason Shelt Sr
LB 44 Ryan Skinner So
DL Cade Smith Fr
DE Ryan Smith Sr
DE 98 Chad Stalder   Fr
DB 49 Tony Uranga Jr
CB 22 Yaphet Warren So
DB Jasper Williams Jr
DT 95 Tim Wilson Jr
DL Jake Wimer Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 29 Greg Debolt Fr
K 57 Troy Scott Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt


NFL Draft


One Vandal senior was selected in the 1997 NFL Draft, which lasted seven rounds (240 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Ryan Phillips Linebacker 3rd 68 New York Giants


  1. ^ a b "UI bombs BSU, dumps monkeys". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). November 25, 1996. p. 1C.
  2. ^ "'96 Vandals will sport new look". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). April 28, 1996. p. 6B.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Tim (September 16, 1996). "UI responds to Gaels' challenge". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C.
  4. ^ "Deja vu: Vandals enter conference play at 1-3". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). September 30, 1996. p. 3C.
  5. ^ O'Neal, Shawn (October 7, 1996). "Vandals aren't enjoying a reality check". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C.
  6. ^ O'Neal, Shawn (October 21, 1996). "Idaho whips Pack, grabs reins". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C.
  7. ^ O'Neal, Shawn (October 28, 1996). "John L. torn as Aggies topple Vandals, 35-28". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C.
  8. ^ O'Neal, Shawn (November 4, 1996). "Vandals take care of business". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 1C.
  9. ^ "Vandal hopes of Big West title blown away at North Texas". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). November 18, 1996. p. 3C.
  10. ^ "Phillips is Giants' 1st pick of 3rd round". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). April 20, 1997. p. 6B.