Nine Vandals are on Athlon Sports’ preseason all-Sun Belt football team with kicker/punter Austin Rehkow the first-team choice at both positions.
Receiver Callen Hightower is a second-team selection as an all-purpose player as is tight end Buck Cowan with offensive lineman Jordan Rose also a second-team choice. On the third team are center Steve Matlock, linebacker Kaden Elliss and defensive back Jayshawn Jordan. Quarterback Matt Linehan is a fourth-team honoree along with Deon Watson at tight end.
Idaho opens the 2016 season at home against Montana State on Sept. 1. Kickoff is 6 p.m.