Sunday, July 14, 2013

Big Sky Summer Kickoff means college football is just around the corner


By Chase Glorfield

As the ISU Athletics Twitter feed stated Friday afternoon, the Bengals open fall football camp in about one month.

In other words, the return of the best time of the year ? and the best sport in this country ? is right around the corner.

While we do have to wait to see our first scrimmage, and the wait is even longer for actual games to kick off, there are plenty of ways to get your football fix right now.

I will be getting mine beginning Sunday is the Big Sky Summer Kickoff event in Park City, Utah. This marks the second year since its return, and also my second straight year traveling there.

The Big Sky Summer Kickoff serves as the conference?s media days. There will be one-on-one opportunities with coaches and players, a golf outing, meet-and-greats for us media folk to get to know one another and plenty of free time.

It really doesn?t hurt to be in Park City with some time to kill. Last year, I went down the Alpine Slides and the Alpine Coaster. Anyway, the point is the Big Sky Summer Kickoff is a welcome reminder that the eve of college football is upon us. Here?s a little something to spark your appetite, the list of which players will be in attendance in Park City with their coaches (one per school). ? Justin Arias, QB, Idaho State ? Sullivan Grosz, DT, Cal Poly ? Allen Brown, DB, Eastern Washington ? Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana ? DeNarius McGhee, QB, Montana State ? Greg Hardin, WR, North Dakota ? Zach Bauman, RB Northern Arizona?? ? Seth Lobato, QB, Northern Colorado ? Jaycob Shoemaker, LB, Portland State ? Todd Davis, LB, Sacramento State ? Fatu Moala, WR, Southern Utah ? Jimmy Kunkel, OL, UC Davis ? Anthony Morales, LB, Weber State I did a little bit of math (something I am horrible at,? so bear with me), and came up with a combined 895 tackles, 46.5 sacks, nine fumble recoveries, four interceptions, 110 touchdown passes, 14,829 passing yards, 4,628 rushing yards, 50 rushing touchdowns, 240 receptions, 3,601 receiving yards and 35 receiving touchdowns among these 13 players.

That?s a lot of talent in one room at the same time.

Indeed, it should be a fun season in the Big Sky. And it all kicks off with this event in Utah.

I will have more from the Big Sky Kickoff in both Tuesday and Wednesday?s paper, as well as my blog at ?idahostate? ? .


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