What to know about Jeff Cotton, Noah Johnson & Llyod Hightower NFL!

Jeff Cotton 6’2 204lbs

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3rd team AP All-American

2nd team All-Conference

FCS Leader in Receptions per game 8.80

Hula Bowl Participant


NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American

Jeff Cotton

Noah Johnson 6’4 311 Lbs


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4 Year starter


2nd Team All-Conference


3rd Team Hero Sports All-American

2nd Team FCS Stats Preseason All-American

1st Team All-Big Sky


2nd Team All-Sun Belt


Sunbelt All-Newcomer


Llyod Hightower 5’11 189lbs

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4 year contributor

2.5 year starter


3rd Team All-Big Sky

Root Sports & Big Sky Defensive Player of the week


8th in FCS for Pass Breakups

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Goal To Go: Northern Colorado

Welcome to 1st & goal. A new series where I will give my 4 things to watch, know or expect for the Vandals upcoming game and a score prediction.

1st Down – Road Woes

Social media off, newspapers shredded and flip phones closed. We did it, we upset the #11 team in the country last week in the Kibbie Dome. But that was last week. Idaho won at home where you have won 7 out of 8 since rejoining the FCS ranks. This week is different you are on the road where you are 0 out of 8 since rejoining FCS.

On paper, hell yeah Idaho should win. But the game isn’t played on paper, as Idaho should know from last week. We’ve only been close in 2 road games (Montana State & Wyoming). We have no reason to think we can win any games on the road. Until we actually do.

This is a potential trap game, which is weird for Idaho to say. Northern Colorado averages around 3000-4000 people at their games, the field is grass, noon kickoff and its our 2nd of 3 games at high altitude.

It will be spooky, lets just get out of Greeley with a win, please.

2nd Down- Mason Petrino

It needs to be said Mason Petrino had a great game last week. Arguably a top three performance for him. How much of that was Mason? How much was a lack of an Eastern Washington’s game plan? Was it the fear Cotton, Johnson, Carter & Haywood caused opening up opportunities? Does it matter?

I think Mason not having to even peak over his repaired shoulder added some swagger and confidence. He seemed to play loose and with something to prove.

I like the sassy Mason. He gave it to the refs, he gave it to the media, he gave it to early 2000’s technology. Now let’s see him sass of the Bears defense

I wont crown him king or eat crow on any of my previous statements after just one game. Good thing he has 8 OR MORE tries to prove me wrong!

3rd Down- Linebacker Reload

Idaho has been lucky to have had some studs at Linebacker on just about every team. The 2017 & 2018 teams though seemed to be the best. An NFL caliber guy like Kaden Ellis, athletic nerd Ed Hall & turncoat Tony Lashley.

This unit now, is as stacked as it has ever been. Possibly, the scariest part is their age. #8 Tre Walker, true sophomore. #1 Christian Ellis, true junior. #7 Charles “chuck” Akanno, redshirt junior. #24 Sully Shannon, true freshman.

Charles Akanno is coming off an FCS Stats Defensive player of the week nod. Would not be surprise if he or another linebacker mate win it again.

4th Down –Beware of Sleeping Offense

Northern Colorado may be playing possum. They have two of the best offensive weapons in all of the Big Sky, in QB Jacob Knipp and RB Milo Hall.

Jacob Knipp was in the same recruiting class as Matt Linehan. In his age, comes experience. The 6’4 Coloradoan burst onto the scene in 2015 after taking over 4 weeks into his redshirt freshman season. He broke a ton of freshman records and stood out in a deep QB conference. He has been slow to start this year, even getting taken out late against Washington State. Its possible maybe he has peaked, but even so, he seems primed for a vintage game. Hopefully not this week against Idaho.

Milo Hall is a workhorse. He transferred to the Bears from Wyoming. He was not just a role player or scout team guy either. He started 4 games for the pokes his redshirt sophomore year. He has soft hands and contributes in the passing attack. The instant you think that he is a speed back at 5’8, he will drop a shoulder and truck you! Idaho comparison would be Aaron Duckworth.

Luckily we have those linebackers….


Chris: Northern Colorado 24 Idaho 20

TJ: Idaho 29 Northern Colorado 19

Brian: Idaho 31 Northern Colorado 13

Alex Boatman: Idaho 24 Northern Colorado 13


Goal To Go: Idaho Vandals Football at Wyoming

Welcome to 1st & goal. A new series where I will give my 4 things to watch, know or expect for the Vandals upcoming game and a score prediction.

The Vandals are on the road at high elevation in Laramie, Wyoming against the Cowboys


1st Down

Idaho is going to Wyoming with a 1-1 record. Yes, we were able to sneak out a win last week. Now we’ll try to build on that against another FBS opponent. With a win this week it would start a win streak. Everyone seems to forget we won last week.

Central Washington (last week’s opponent) only lost to Eastern Washington by three points in 2010. Eastern, you may remember, went on to win the national championship that season. So I am saying there is a chance we do something this season … just don’t bet the family condo on it.

2nd Down

The QB competition appears to be over after last week. I personally feel its hard to name a starter when one of the competitors has 17 pass attempts all season … while the other one has over 30.

It appears to be Mason’s show, so let’s see how he does. He is efficient and has an incredible understanding of the offense. I’s just not convinced that’s enough. We are going to have to see more.

3rd Down

Colton Clark of the Lewiston Tribune wrote an amazing article about true freshman, Idaho 5A MVP, Nick Romano. I’m enjoying the chances we’ve had at to watch him this season. We have quite the stable of backs this season. Every snap Nick Romano takes I just seem to tune in just a little more. He is such an easy kid to root for.

Especially since according to the Idaho Statesman, Idaho High School football is in a decline. It is nice to see a local kid do good!

4th down

Jeff Cotton officially has the most receptions in a single game this season. That is for all of college football: NAIA to Division I FBS. He hauled in a whopping 16 receptions, 145 yards and caught two tuddies. He was no slouch at Penn State either, leading the team in yards and receptions again.

He deserves to be talked about like Sammy Akem (Montana), Andrew Boston (Eastern Washington) or Mitch Gueller (Idaho State) in the Big Sky. He is arguably the best receiver in the conference and most don’t know who he is.

This is another chance for him to introduce himself to the world against a FBS opponent that has beaten an SEC school this season. So tune in to ESPN+ today and give Cotton and the boys a watch.


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Chris: Wyoming 38 Idaho 9


TJ: Wyoming 42 Idaho 13


Brian: Wyoming 53 Idaho 13


Marten : Wyoming 34 Idaho 13