Idaho State Stars
by Jeff Dantzler
- Corey White, RB; #14 Kyle Morris, QB;
- Rodrick Rumble, WR
It’s been an obvious struggle for Idaho State this season, but this trio of skill players sit at the top of the Bengals list of play-makers. White is the leading rusher, while Morris shares time at quarterback with Russell Hill to give Idaho State a pair of capable signal callers. There is balance in the passing game with Rumble the dangerous threat. He’s tops on the team in touchdowns. For Idaho State to give Georgia any kind of a game on Saturday, White, Morris and Rumble will all have to make big plays. Rumble has Idaho State’s longest play from scrimmage this season, a 49-yard reception. Idaho State has had some big names come through, so in this space where we always look at the top players for Georgia’s opposition, we’ll zero in on some famous alumni.
Jared Allen, Merrill Hoge and Marvin Lewis
All three of these big names with the NFL attended Idaho State. The Bengals were once one of the premier programs in Division 1-AA and they have the alumni list to prove it. Allen has been one of the NFL’s top defensive ends for the past five years and is the Minnesota Vikings leader in quarterback sacks. Hoge was an outstanding running back for Bill Cowher’s Pittsburgh Steeler teams of the 1990’s and is now an NFL analyst on ESPN. Lewis is the longtime head coach of the Bengals, leading Cincinnati to a pair of playoff appearances, highlighting by last season’s AFC North Division championship. He was also the primary architect of the dominating Baltimore defense that led the Ravens to the 2000 NFL championship. These are Idaho State’s most famous football alumni. They also have a big name from pop culture.
One of the big stars of the silver screen, Petersen is a famous actor who’s primary role of late has been that of lead investigator Gil Grissom on C.S.I., the original based out of Las Vegas. Petersen also starred in the excellent thriller Manhunter, directed by Miami Vice creator Michael Mann. Manhunter was the original prequel to Silence of the Lambs. Another favorite role of Petersen’s was that of Sheriff Pat Garrett in Young Guns II. Garrett was once the closest friend of Billy the Kid, but turned on him and chased down the legendary gunfighter as the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico. Petersen was also the dad in the creepy Fear, where Mark Wahlberg stalks his on-screen daughter Reese Witherspoon.