Idaho prepares for Southern Utah after COVID-19 outbreak

Idaho's Roshaun Johnson looks down field against UC Davis on Saturday.
Idaho's Roshaun Johnson looks down field against UC Davis on Saturday.(Joseph Pallen | Vandal Athletics)
Published: Mar. 27, 2021 at 2:52 AM MDT
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MOSCOW, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — After having two weekends off, partially due to a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this month, Idaho is back on the gridiron, getting ready for Southern Utah.

The team is coming off a loss to UC Davis on March 6.

Idaho was missing nine starters that game due to COVID-19 protocols and didn’t have enough available players to play the following week against Northern Arizona.

Hence, Saturday’s game against the Thunderbirds will be the first game in three weeks.

Coach Paul Petrino expects to be without three to four starters this weekend, but nothing like what they endured earlier.

“Even in the last game, we came up a little short, but there were some freshmen that played a whole lot of football that wouldn’t have in a normal circumstance and that’s great for the future of Vandals,” Petrino said.

“Everything can be gone in a blink of an eye and that goes to show in this, everyone has to be ready to show up, I think those guys have stepped up well, they came out hungry, they’ve done the best they could which is pretty good I’d say,” tight end Conner Whitney explained.

Saturday’s game begins at 12 p.m. pacific time. You can catch the action on Pluto TV.

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