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Idaho HC Akey energetic and positive following Saturday scrimmage

Following the Idaho scrimmage on Saturday, head coach Robb Akey probably popped a Red Bull, then met with reporters. Given the dog days of training camp, we thought Akey’s energy, charisma, and positive comments were refreshing.

You can watch Akey’s interview at the bottom. Does he sound like John Madden in the first few seconds?

Akey said, “Defense is playing their tails off. They are playing physical. They are playing aggressive. I thought it was a good final scrimmage.”

“I think there were 2 penalties today, so that was greatly cleaned up. There were no surprises. I wanted to see them come out and perform better, and I think they did. I think there was a great sense of urgency, things were much cleaner.” 

“I think I’ve got a bunch of cranky guys that are tired of hitting on each other. We need to play against somebody else. It’s seems like we’ve been here forever, getting ready.” 

During the off-season, Akey received a contract extension through 2014. His new contract could earn him over $514,000 in 2011 up to $544,000+ in 2014 if he meets all seven performance-based incentives within the contract each year.

Idaho hosts North Dakota State on Thursday, September 2nd. The Vandals travel to Nebraska the following week.