Wenatchee High School graduate Mike Marboe has been an effective football player for the University of Idaho since he arrived there in the spring of 2010.
While it’s hard to quantify how much of a difference an offensive lineman makes week-in and week-out, Marboe has been a fixture on the Rimington Trophy watch list the past two seasons. The Rimington Trophy is “awarded to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division 1-A football,” according to its website.
Marboe is a junior, who is double-majoring in marketing and management with a minor in statistics.
The Wenatchee World conducted a phone interview with Marboe before the Vandals lost at Ole Miss 59-14 on Saturday:
WW: What has it been like playing for Idaho, a program that has had a different head coach each of your three years?
MM: I’ve had a lot of experiences and a bunch of different coaches, but each year and each day you try to get better and try to be the best player you can be. That’s what college is all about, it’s constant competition and great players, but it’s hard work every day.
WW: What are you guys working on right now, how are you getting better?
MM: We need to dial in on our new offense. Learn the nuances, get stronger, basic stuff. You just have to be better football players.
WW: What does it mean for you to regularly recognized by the Rimington Trophy watch list?
MM: I don’t really like recognition. Because if people are talking about me, that means I’m not doing my job very well. The Rimington thing is whatever, it’s a great honor to have and if I’m there at the end of the season that means we had a good year as a team and if we win games, then the O-line isn’t being talked about.
WW: What’s the difference between living in Wenatchee and over there on the Palouse?
MM: It’s similar. It’s not the biggest community, and there are a lot of fun stuff to do outdoors. There isn’t a lot of water around here for the summer time, though. There is a lot of support from the community. It’s that aspect of small town USA that is nice to have that has carried over from high school to college.
WW: Anything you want to really to the people back in North Central Washington?
MM: Tell them I’m doing all right in school, that I’m hanging in there and I’m going to graduate in December.
WW: Do you have any plans for playing football after graduation?
MM: If I was going to dream, I might as well give it a shot, but right now my focus is with the University of Idaho and winning games. That’s something you deal with your senior year. You can dream about it or whatever, but it doesn’t come down to it until your senior year. You only get so many opportunities and you have to focus on it and take advantage of your chances to win, which you only have so many of.
CHECKING IN WITH OTHER COLLEGIANS
Korynn Blanksma: A junior playing for the annually successful Washington State soccer team. Blanksma led the team in goals during the 2013 spring season and has logged a goal and an assist this fall. She was also an honorable mention on the Pac 12 All-Academic team.
Courtney Dietrich: A middle blocker on the Sacramento State volleyball team, Dietrich was named the Big Sky Volleyball Player of the Week on Monday. The Chelan grad posted averages of 2.25 kills, 1.88 blocks, 3.69 points and 0.38 aces per set in the Hornets’ two wins last week.
Jaicee Harris: Now in her junior season for the Washington State volleyball team, the outside hitter from Chelan is second on the team with 211 kills.
Jordan Offutt: A 6-foot outside hitter from Cascade, Offutt is now in her final season for the Central Washington Wildcats volleyball team and is averaging 2.71 kills per set.
Cassidy Brewer: This Eastmont product has been making an impact for the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks volleyball team this fall. She has played in all 22 matches this season and has 46 kills and 33 digs.
Ashley Wright: A middle blocker from Cascade High School is in her senior season with the Eastern Washington Eagles. Wright has 80 kills.
Dylan Green: Green graduated from Omak High School in 2012. Green is on the Carroll College football team in Helena, Mont. After not playing last fall for a redshirt season, Green is looking to catch the Saints coaches attention during special teams plays. Some injuries could help the freshman move up the depth chart at running back, according to Omak-Okanogan Chronicle sports editor Al Camp.
Lucas McGill: The former Eastmont quarterback is now playing tight end for the Whitworth football team. The sophomore has played in six games this season and has one catch for 54 yards as well as two tackles.
Darin Hardgrove: This running back who played an integral part to Eastmont’s Big Nine championship last season is now playing for Pacific Lutheran University. He has played in two games this fall and has gotten four carries for five yards.
Dalin McDonnell: Another 2013 Eastmont graduate continuing his career. McDonnell has played one game for the Whitworth Pirates and has recorded one assisted tackle.
Joey Michael: A Cashmere grad at Montana State football, redshirting. He was named Scout Offensive player of the week for the week of Oct. 13.
Moe Roberts: This speedy back from Cashmere suffered a knee injury last fall and is listed on the Eastern Washington football roster. The Eagles coaching staff is hoping he can contribute full time on the defensive side of the ball.
Cody O’Connell: This 6-foot-8 football player graduated from Wenatchee in the spring of 2013 and is listed on Washington State University’s roster as an offensive lineman.
Connor Black: This Wenatchee graduate is playing for the San Diego State University football team after redshirting the 2012 season. He has yet to record a stat this season, but the Aztecs’ website describes him as a “tall, smart receiver with good hands.”
Kristina Tribley and Arielle Turner: Tribley, of Wenatchee, and Turner — a Cascade product — are both redshirting for the Western Washington volleyball team.
Jacob Smith: The Wenatchee High School grad is now on the University of Washington cross country team after transferring from the University of Portland.
Mitch Meyers: A defensive midfielder from Eastmont is listed on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas soccer team’s roster but has not recorded a stat.
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