Idaho redshirt junior linebacker Charles Akanno was named the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness,

Akanno helped the Vandals to a 35-27 win over 11th ranked Eastern Washington with a career high nine tackles, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries, while assisting on a tackle for loss.

Idaho jumped to a 28-0 halftime lead and then held on to improve to 2-2 on the year. This was Idaho's first win since 1999 against a team ranked No. 11 or better in any national poll.

Because of scheduling issues with the return of Idaho to the Big Sky just last year, Saturdays game against Eastern Washington did not count as a league game but the Vandals open the Big Sky season this Saturday at Northern Colorado.

Join the voice of the Vandals Dennis Patchin for all the action on Sports radio 630 The Fan, pregame Saturday at noon, kickoff at 1pm.

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