CALDWELL - The College of Idaho is entering its fourth season with head coach, Mike Moroski. The past three years, the football team has gone 4 and 7. The team was also picked sixth in the Frontier Conference Preseason poll.
Moroski has focused hard on depth in practice. This season, there are ten returning players on offense and almost as many on defense.
"(We) definitely went young last year. (A) lot of young guys got to play,” said Moroski. “We think there will be a lot of young players competing for jobs as well but (we) love having some experienced guys (who) know what it’s like in ball games and what’s new and what we are trying to recreate out here.
Moroski says he’s impressed with the work ethic he’s seen from his players in camp.
“Definitely the hardest working camp we have had so far (as far as) the worth ethic that we have from the leadership on our team," said Moroski.
One of those leaders is Meridian native, Nate Moore. He’s the College of Idaho’s first ever two-time all-American safety. The defensive player collected 119 tackles and 3 interceptions last year. Moroski says Moore is a valuable asset to the program.
"He's a players coach, not many experienced all Americans can do that,” said Moroski. “He wants to put his mark on this program which I really appreciate and what we have been talking about to these young guys.”
Once Moore’s time playing football for the College of Idaho is done, he plans to head off to med-school. Until then, he has goals of becoming a three-time all-American and turn the culture of the team around.
"The whole reason I came back was is just to win,” said Moore. “I want to help this program make the next jump to the next level, get past our 4-7 record that we have had for the last couple of years and hopefully turn this program into a dominant force into the frontier conference."