1957 Idaho Vandals football team

The 1957 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1957 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by fourth-year head coach Skip Stahley and were members of the Pacific Coast Conference. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one home game in Boise at old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College. Led on the field by quarterbacks Howard Willis and Gary Kenworthy,[1][2][3] Idaho compiled a 4–4–1 overall record and were 0–3 in the PCC.[4]

The Vandals suffered a third straight loss in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, falling 21–13 at Rogers Field in Pullman on November 16.[4] The loss prevented the first winning season for Idaho football since 1938.[5] In the rivalry game with Montana, the Vandals ran their winning streak over the Grizzlies to six and retained the Little Brown Stein.[6]

Coordinates: 46°43′34″N 117°01′05″W / 46.726°N 117.018°W

1957 Idaho Vandals football
Idaho Vandals logo
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1957 record4–4–1 (0–3 PCC)
Head coachSkip Stahley (4th season)
Home stadiumNeale Stadium
1957 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Oregon State + 6 2 0     8 2 0
Oregon ^ + 6 2 0     7 4 0
UCLA 5 2 0     8 2 0
Washington State 5 3 0     6 4 0
Stanford 4 3 0     6 4 0
Washington 3 4 0     3 6 1
California 1 6 0     1 9 0
USC 1 6 0     1 9 0
Idaho 0 3 0     4 4 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
    Oregon State won the Civil War game over Oregon, but no-repeat rule was in effect
Rankings from AP Poll

Notable players

This Vandal team had several players who went on to extended careers in professional football.[2][3] Jerry Kramer of Sandpoint played eleven seasons at right guard with the Green Bay Packers and won five NFL titles (and the first two Super Bowls) under head coach Vince Lombardi. He was an All-Pro five times and was the lead blocker on the famous Packers sweep. Kramer made the NFL's all-decade team for the 1960s and the NFL's 50th anniversary team, and was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.[7]

Wayne Walker of Boise played fifteen seasons with the Detroit Lions as an outside linebacker and was named All-Pro three times. Both were selected in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL Draft; Kramer was 39th overall and Walker 45th, and both were periodic placekickers as pros. (As Vandals, Kramer was the kicker and Walker was the long snapper.)

Sophomore Jim Norton of Fullerton, California, was a safety and punter for nine seasons with the Houston Oilers; he was the all-time interceptions leader in the American Football League and his #43 was the first retired by the franchise.

Jim Prestel of Indianapolis was a defensive tackle for eight seasons in the NFL, primarily with the expansion Minnesota Vikings. A junior in 1957, he missed most of the season due to his mother's terminal illness.[8][9] Selected in the sixth round of the 1959 NFL Draft, 70th overall, he was granted another year of eligibility and played for Idaho in 1959 and began his pro career with the Cleveland Browns in 1960. Prestel was also a standout player on the Vandal basketball team.[10] He played in his final game at Idaho in the Battle of the Palouse in late October with a broken foot, then was sidelined and missed the basketball season.[11]


September 211:30 pmOregonL 6–910,000
September 287:00 pmat Arizona State*L 7–19
October 51:00 pmUtah*W 21–69,000
October 121:30 pmat Oregon StateL 0–2014,600
October 198:00 pmat Pacific*T 7–717,000
October 261:30 pmFresno State*dagger
  • Neale Stadium
  • Moscow, Idaho[19]
W 20–65,000
November 21:30 pmMontana*
W 31–134,000
November 912:30 pmat Utah State*W 35–7
November 161:30 pmat Washington StateL 13–2113,400


1957 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
G, DT 64 Jerry Kramer (C) Sr
C, LB 53 Wayne Walker Sr
HB, S 46 Jim Norton So
T, DT 79 Jim Prestel Redshirt.svg Jr
E 82 Larry Aldrich Sr
E 80 Wade Patterson Jr
QB 14 Howard Willis (C) Sr
QB 18 Gary Kenworthy Sr
QB 16 Gary Farnworth So
HB 24 Lloyd Fenton Sr
HB 43 Bob Dehlinger Jr
FB 37 Ken Hall Jr
T 72 Tony Anderson Sr
G 65 Dale Hill Jr
E 85 J.D. Lawson Jr
T 74 Pete Johnson Jr
G 60 Jerry Smythe Sr
T 71 Steve Symms So
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 64 Jerry Kramer Sr
LS 53 Wayne Walker Sr
P 46 Jim Norton So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Ed Knecht (Backs)
  • J.V. Johnson (Ends)
  • Don Swartz (Line)
  • Wayne Anderson (Freshmen)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt


Because of their limited conference schedule, no Vandals were on the All-PCC first team (eleven spots), but two were selected for the second team; guard Jerry Kramer and center Wayne Walker. Honorable mention were quarterback Howard Willis, end Larry Aldrich, and fullback Ken Hall.[26][27]

NFL Draft

Four Vandals were selected in the 1958 NFL Draft:[28]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
Jerry Kramer G 4th 39 Green Bay Packers
Wayne Walker C 4th 45 Detroit Lions
Larry Aldrich E 11th 127 Pittsburgh Steelers
Wade Patterson E 16th 183 Chicago Cardinals
^ Patterson was granted another year of eligibility and played for Idaho in 1958.

One junior was selected in the 1959 NFL Draft:[29]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
  Jim Prestel ^     T 6th 70  Cleveland Browns 
^ Prestel was granted another year of eligibility and played for Idaho in 1959.

One sophomore was selected in the 1960 NFL Draft:[30]

Player Position Round   Pick   Franchise
    Jim Norton     WR 7th 75       Detroit Lions      


  1. ^ "Idaho versus Oregon: rosters". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. September 20, 1957. p. 13.
  2. ^ a b "Vandals vs. Bulldogs: rosters". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. October 26, 1957. p. 11.
  3. ^ a b "Stage is set for annual WSC-Idaho grid clash". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. November 15, 1957. p. 13.
  4. ^ a b c Boni, Bill (November 17, 1957). "Newman stars in Cougar win over Idaho". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  5. ^ "Cougars, Idaho clash today in annual Palouse battle". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 16, 1957. p. 8.
  6. ^ a b "Vandals swarm over Montana for 31-13 victory". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 3, 1957. p. 8.
  7. ^ http://www.espn.com/blog/green-bay-packers/post/_/id/43543/why-packers-guard-jerry-kramer-made-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame
  8. ^ "Injuries bench 5 key players on Idaho squad". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. October 10, 1957. p. 34.
  9. ^ "Flu bug hits Vandal coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. October 22, 1957. p. 8.
  10. ^ "Vandals tab Prestal". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 2, 1959. p. 13.
  11. ^ "If not all-coast, Jim's all-heart". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington). November 30, 1959. p. 12.
  12. ^ Strite, Dick (September 22, 1957). "Morris boots field goal; Ducks tip Idaho 9-6". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  13. ^ Boni, Bill (September 22, 1957). "Oregon field goal nips valieant Vandals, 9-6". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1,sports.
  14. ^ "Speedy Sun Devils beat Idaho 19-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. September 29, 1957. p. 9.
  15. ^ "Vandals gambled, lost – not unhappy". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 30, 1957. p. 10.
  16. ^ Boni, Bill (October 6, 1957). "Idaho tops Utah Redskins, 21-6". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  17. ^ "OSC captures hard-fought 20-0 victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. October 13, 1957. p. 1B.
  18. ^ "Vandals tie undefeated College of Pacific 7-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 20, 1957. p. 3.
  19. ^ Boni, Bill (October 27, 1957). "Vandals strike in 1st half; roll on to 20–6 win". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  20. ^ "Idaho swamps Utah State 35-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 10, 1957. p. 7.
  21. ^ Chipman, Dee (November 11, 1957). "Ags 'eaten up' by Vandals". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. p. 6B.
  22. ^ "Vandals vs. Ducks: probable lineups". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). September 21, 1957. p. 11.
  23. ^ "Vandals vs. Bulldogs: probable lineups". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 26, 1957. p. 11.
  24. ^ "Battle of the Palouse: rosters". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Idaho). November 15, 1957. p. 13.
  25. ^ Missildine, Harry (November 15, 1958). "Idaho closes season against Utah Aggies". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 10.
  26. ^ "Newman and Ellingsen win places on All-Coast team". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 27, 1957. p. 16.
  27. ^ "WSC passer, end named to PCC unit". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 27, 1957. p. 3.
  28. ^ "1958 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  29. ^ "1959 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  30. ^ "1960 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2017.

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