ISU football: Last chance to shine — defense does it again

Lonell Woodhouse fall scrimmage

By Madison Guernsey mguernsey@journalnet.com

POCATELLO — Idaho State’s fall camp is wrapped up, but much is still undecided.

There’s an ongoing backup quarterback battle. The offensive line is 60 percent rookies. The receiving corps took another unexpected hit.

Maybe the defense, however, is showing legitimate glimpses of greatness.

The unit highlighted scrimmage No. 2 on Friday, while the offense lacked explosiveness or consistency. Defensive linemen burst into the backfield, joined linebackers in stuffing runs up the middle and all 11 guys in front of the ball made pad-popping hits to loudly assert themselves as superior.

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ISU football: Final fall scrimmage moved to Friday

By Journal Staff

Idaho State’s final fall football scrimmage has been rescheduled to Friday at 3 p.m. It was originally set for Saturday at 3 p.m. A location was not specified, but the scrimmage will take place either inside Holt Arena or outside at the ICCU practice field. The scrimmage is open to the public and media and is the final open practice of the fall.

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Utah State transfer Jeppesen second player on ISU’s roster who’s recently faced charges

Clark Jeppesen

By Madison Guernsey mguernsey@journalnet.com

Idaho State football has allowed a second player on to the team who’s faced recent felony charges.

Redshirt junior defensive lineman Clark Jeppesen, a Utah State transfer, pleaded guilty in April to two counts of distributing/offering/arranging distribution of a controlled substance — a third-degree felony amended to a Class A misdemeanor. Jeppesen was sentenced to serve 365 days in jail for each conviction. All but 30 days of that sentence was suspended, according to court documents obtained by the Journal. Jeppesen had to pay a $793 fine and was placed on probation for 36 months.

According to court records, Jeppesen served 30 days in jail after his sentencing. Court records did not specify which substance Jeppesen was charged for.

“Clark knows he made a mistake and he took full responsibility and got the case taken care of,” Jeppesen’s attorney Shannon Demler of Logan, Utah, said. “(He) accepted the punishment the court thought was appropriate.”

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ISU football: Position breakdown — Safety trio headlines solid secondary

ISU defensive backs fall 2016

By Madison Guernsey mguernsey@journalnet.com

With Idaho State’s fall football camp winding down, the Journal is breaking down each of the Bengals’ position groups leading up to the start of the season Sept. 3 against Simon Fraser.

Last week, we took a look at the offense. Wednesday, we began the defense with the defensive line. Thursday, the linebackers. Today, the secondary.

WHO’S GONE?

The Bengals lost Cody Sorensen, who was the heart of the secondary a year ago. The five-year veteran tallied 74 tackles with a sack and an interception last season — his third in a row ranked in the top four on the Bengals in total tackles.

Sorensen was an unquestioned leader and a three-time CoSIDA academic all-region honoree. He was named the ninth CoSIDA academic all-American in ISU football history last year.

Also gone to graduation are Kamino Ward (61 tackles, seven pass deflections) and Erik Collins (50 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions). Both played all 11 games last season, with Collins starting each game.

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ISU football: Position breakdown — Bengals backers poised to shine in the center of the defense

Joe Martin fall camp 2016

By Madison Guernsey mguernsey@journalnet.com

With Idaho State’s fall football camp revving up, the Journal is breaking down each of the Bengals’ position groups leading up to the start of the season Sept. 3 against Simon Fraser.

Last week, we took a look at the offense. Wednesday, we began the defense with the defensive line. Today, the linebackers.

WHO’S GONE?

Kurt Karstetter and CJ Langlow were last year’s lone seniors. Karstetter, a 6-foot-2, 218-pound veteran, accumulated 90 tackles in his career, including 48 a season ago. Karstetter also tallied eight tackles for loss, three sacks, four quarterback hurries and one interception as a do-it-all outside backer.

Langlow amassed 66 tackles in nine games last year, with 5.5 tackles for loss and one interception. Langlow typically roamed the field as an inside linebacker on the strong side of the offense.

Other losses include Austin Schroeder (switched to offense) and converted linemen Braiden Beckman, Mason Jackson and Micah Breland.

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ISU Soccer: Bengals surrender two goals in shutout loss

By ISU Sports Information

The Idaho State soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to visiting Wyoming Tuesday evening at Davis Field.

“I think we took a step backwards today,” head coach Allison Gibson said. “Unfortunately, our legs caught up with us. We are asking them to do a lot, and unfortunately, we did not answer the call today.”

Although Idaho State (1-2-0) was nearly equal to Wyoming (2-0-0) in almost every statistical category, the Cowgirls boasted a 9-2 advantage on corner kicks, which proved to be crucial down the stretch. Both of Wyoming’s goals came off corner kicks, with one coming in the first half and the other just 10 minutes into the second.

In the first half, both teams shared possession almost equally, trading shot for shot.

Wyoming earned a corner kick at the 34-minute mark, and the Cowgirls’ Taylor Burton connected off the kick from Sammi Dunda for her first goal of the season. With the goal, ISU and Wyoming were dead even with seven shots each. Both squads fired off three more shots but neither team scored, giving the Bengals a 1-0 deficit heading into the break.

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ISU football: Position breakdown — Top-heavy defensive line looks to groom unproven youth

D-line fall scrimmage 1

By Madison Guernsey mguernsey@journalnet.com

With Idaho State’s fall football camp revving up, the Journal is breaking down each of the Bengals’ position groups leading up to the start of the season Sept. 3 against Simon Fraser.

Last week, we took a look at the offense. Today, we begin the defense with the defensive line.

WHO’S GONE?

Idaho State lost two D-line mainstays in Tyler Kuder and Chris Edwards. Kuder, who led the team a season ago with 11 tackles for loss, is fighting for a roster spot with the Green Bay Packers. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder also racked up 92 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season, while Edwards chipped in 63 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack.

Kuder’s sheer size and strength, football IQ and three all-conference selections will surely be missed.

His absence leaves a glaring hole along the Bengals’ defensive front that likely won’t be perfectly filled. The biggest question lingering throughout fall camp has revolved around finding someone to fill Kuder’s shoes, and for a while, it looked like there was a clear-cut answer.

Then Rasheed Williams suffered a season-ending injury the second week of camp. ISU’s top pass rusher off the edge had his sophomore season ended before it began. The Bengals lost their top two backfield threats in the span of eight months and are left picking up the pieces.

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Bengals in the NFL: Koetter, Lewis notch first preseason wins

Marvin Lewis

 

By Journal Staff

 

Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former Idaho State football players currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after week two of the preseason.

Tyler Kuder (2013-15)

Green Bay Packers

Former Idaho State defensive lineman Tyler Kuder made his second NFL appearance Thursday in the Packers’ 2012 preseason win against the Oakland Raiders. For the second week in a row, Kuder did not accumulate any stats.

The Packers (2-0) play Friday at the San Francisco 49ers. Kuder is listed third on Green Bay’s depth chart at defensive end.

Josh Hill (2009-12)

New Orleans Saints

Former ISU tight end Josh Hill made one catch for 7 yards Saturday in the New Orleans Saints’ preseason loss, 16-9, at the Houston Texans. Hill is second on the Saints’ depth chart and has two receptions for 11 yards through two preseason games.

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