WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Josh Wright, who covers Idaho football for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash., about Saturday’s game with the University of Wyoming.
Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.
What were your initial impressions of Idaho in its opener and with first-year coach Paul Petrino?
Idaho’s inexperience really manifested itself at North Texas. Half of the traveling squad had never played at the FBS level, and of course, the whole team had never gone through a game with Paul Petrino running the show. It also bears mentioning that Idaho started a redshirt freshman at quarterback and true freshmen at running back, free safety, kicker and punter.
After showing a crisp, disciplined offense in fall camp, Idaho looked disorganized and confused to start the game (it used all three of its first-half timeouts in the first 2 minutes, 40 seconds). So the initial impressions weren’t great, and the coaching staff was disappointed, too. Offensive coordinator Kris Cinkovich expects the offense to look much sharper — and be more effective — Saturday in Laramie. We’ll see how much of a jump the Vandals’ young players can make from Week 1 to Week 2.