Cal Poly

In defeat, Idaho State quarterback Yost is a big threat

Idaho State continues to trudge through a terrible football season, but there are two aspects to Bengals quarterback Kevin Yost that make Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh overflow with respect.

“Number one: He’s got a good strong arm, and he’s accurate and makes good decisions,” Walsh said.

Yost has proven to be among the nations most productive quarterbacks. 

His 31.9 completions per game tie him for second in the FCS behind Murray State’s Casey Brockman (33.9). 

Yost also ranks fifth in the FCS with 338.8 passing yards per game. He’s passed for 3,049 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing more than 60 percent of his attempts. 

And he’s had his best games against California teams. 

Yost had a season-high 529 yards to go with four touchdowns while completing 44 of 73 passes against Sacramento State on Sept. 29. 

Against UC Davis two weeks later, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior from Arizona was 29 of 41 for 374 yards and a season-best five touchdowns.

But it’s not just the former Glendale Community College transfer’s success against Golden State opposition that has Walsh wary of Yost’s visit to Alex G. Spanos Stadium today. 

While preparing for today’s game, Walsh has seen Yost under pressure, taking hits and getting back up to personify the idea of never say die.

“And I’ll tell you the other thing, that guy is a tough kid,” Walsh said. “He’s gotten hit in some games and got up and kept playing and kept playing pretty well. I really have a lot of respect for the quarterback. Kevin Yost is a good football player, not only a good quarterback, but he’s a tough guy, the kind of guy you want on your team. He kind of fits Mike Kramer’s mentality as a quarterback.”