1957 Idaho Vandals football team
|1957 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1957 record||4–4–1 (0–3 PCC)|
|Head coach||Skip Stahley (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1957 PCC football standings|
|Oregon State +||6||–||2||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|Oregon ^ +||6||–||2||–||0||7||–||4||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1957 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1957 college 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, Idaho compiled a 4–4–1 overall record and were 0–3 in the PCC.
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. The loss prevented the first winning season for Idaho football since 1938. In the rivalry game with Montana, the Vandals ran their winning streak over the Grizzlies to six and retained the Little Brown Stein.
This Vandal team had several players who went on to extended careers in professional football. 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. 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. 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. 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.
|September 21||1:30 pm||Oregon||Neale Stadium • Moscow, Idaho ||L 6–9||10,000|
|September 28||7:00 pm||at Arizona State*||Goodwin Stadium • Tempe, Arizona ||L 7–19|
|October 5||1:00 pm||Utah*||old Bronco Stadium • Boise, Idaho||W 21–6||9,000|
|October 12||1:30 pm||at Oregon State||Parker Stadium • Corvallis, Oregon ||L 0–20||14,600|
|October 19||8:00 pm||at Pacific (CA)*||Pacific Memorial Stadium • Stockton, California ||T 7–7||17,000|
|October 26||1:30 pm||Fresno State*||Neale Stadium • Moscow, Idaho||W 20–6||5,000|
|November 2||1:30 pm||Montana*||Neale Stadium • Moscow, Idaho  (Little Brown Stein)||W 31–13||4,000|
|November 9||12:30 pm||at Utah State*||old Romney Stadium • Logan, Utah ||W 35–7|
|November 16||1:30 pm||at Washington State||Rogers Field • Pullman, Washington  (Battle of the Palouse)||L 13–21||13,400|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. All times are in Pacific Time.|
|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|
|Jim Prestel ^||T||6th||70||Cleveland Browns|
^ Prestel was granted another year of eligibility and played for Idaho in 1959.
|Jim Norton||WR||7th||75||Detroit Lions|
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- "Vandals vs. Bulldogs: rosters". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. October 26, 1957. p. 11.
- "Stage is set for annual WSC-Idaho grid clash". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. November 15, 1957. p. 13.
- Boni, Bill (November 17, 1957). "Newman stars in Cougar win over Idaho". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
- "Cougars, Idaho clash today in annual Palouse battle". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 16, 1957. p. 8.
- "Vandals swarm over Montana for 31-13 victory". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 3, 1957. p. 8.
- "Injuries bench 5 key players on Idaho squad". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. October 10, 1957. p. 34.
- "Flu bug hits Vandal coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. October 22, 1957. p. 8.
- "Vandals tab Prestal". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 2, 1959. p. 13.
- "If not all-coast, Jim's all-heart". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington). November 30, 1959. p. 12.
- Strite, Dick (September 22, 1957). "Morris boots field goal; Ducks tip Idaho 9-6". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
- Boni, Bill (September 22, 1957). "Oregon field goal nips valieant Vandals, 9-6". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1,sports.
- "Speedy Sun Devils beat Idaho 19-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. September 29, 1957. p. 9.
- "Vandals gambled, lost – not unhappy". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 30, 1957. p. 10.
- Boni, Bill (October 6, 1957). "Idaho tops Utah Redskins, 21-6". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
- "OSC captures hard-fought 20-0 victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. October 13, 1957. p. 1B.
- "Vandals tie undefeated College of Pacific 7-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 20, 1957. p. 3.
- Boni, Bill (October 27, 1957). "Vandals strike in 1st half; roll on to 20–6 win". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
- "Idaho swamps Utah State 35-7". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 10, 1957. p. 7.
- Chipman, Dee (November 11, 1957). "Ags 'eaten up' by Vandals". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. p. 6B.
- "1958 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "1959 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "1960 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Gem of the Mountains: 1958 University of Idaho yearbook – 1957 football season
- Go Mighty Vandals – 1957 football season
- Idaho Argonaut – student newspaper – 1957 editions