The book on: QB Nathan Enderle

Nathan Enderle

The Vikings have reportedly shown a strong interest in Idaho QB Nathan Enderle, but who is this mid- to late-round quarterback prospect? We detail his career from statistics to accomplishments, going back to his high school days in Nebraska.

Nathan Enderle
Quarterback
University of Idaho Vandals
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North Platte, Nebraska
North Platte High School

OVERVIEW

Head coach Robb Akey has the Idaho football program on the upswing and the proof is in their draft selections. Last April, offensive guard Mike Iupati became the first Vandal selected in the first round of the National Football League draft since Ray McDonald was taken 13th overall in 1967.

The next Vandals' player in line to warrant draft consideration is quarterback Nathan Enderle. He's a classic drop-back passer with great size and four years of starting experience under his belt. Enderle was also the centerpiece to a 2009 Idaho squad that won eight games, including a victory over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl, marking Idaho's second postseason appearance in school history and their first in 11 seasons.

Enderle led an offensive unit that ranked ninth nationally in total offense, as they averaged 451.38 yards per game. The passing attack averaged 286.69 aerial yards per game to place 12th in the country, while the unit finished sixth in team passing efficiency (155.42). The signal caller was named Idaho's Most Valuable Player at the team's awards banquet.

In 37 starts, Enderle has thrown for 8,181 yards and 62 touchdowns on 620 of 1125 passing, ranking fourth all-time in school history in all categories, topped only by Doug Nussmeier, Ken Hobart and John Friesz. He holds a career passer efficiency rating of 124.96, placing him 10th among Idaho quarterbacks. Enderle generated 7,918 yards in total offense, also ranking fourth on Idaho's career record chart.

Enderle prepped at North Platte High School in Nebraska. As a junior, he tied Nebraska state records for completions in a season and completions in a game with 166 and 24, respectively. During his final prep season, Enderle earned second-team Super State honors while completing 129 of 258 passes for 1,481 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and was listed as the seventh-best prospect in the state of Nebraska.

Despite his production, the quarterback received little attention from big-time programs. He had planned on waiting for scholarship offers from Colorado or Nebraska, but when none came, he committed to the Vandals. He graduated early from North Platte and enrolled at the University of Idaho in 2006. He spent his first season registering as a member of the scout team.

Enderle was named the starting quarterback in fall camp as a redshirt freshman in 2007. He made nine starts, missing three contests due to a ruptured tendon in his throwing hand, and led the team to a 1-11 record. He finished with 1,787 yards, 10 touchdowns and 18 interceptions on
132 of 298 passing (44.29%), including a 423-yard performance vs. Northern Illinois which ranks as the ninth-best single-game total in school history. Enderle added one touchdown on 52 carries for losses totaling 75 yards.

The signal caller stayed healthy as a sophomore and started all 12 games, leading the team to a
2-10 record. He delivered 2,077 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions on 184 of 339 passing (54.28%). The highlight of his season came vs. Western Michigan, when Enderle posted 334 aerial yards and three touchdowns while completing a then-career-high 64.10% of his passes.

As a junior in 2009, Enderle enjoyed a breakout season. The signal caller hit on 192 of 312 pass attempts for 2,906 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while the Vandals finished with an 8-5 record that included a win over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl. Idaho registered its first winning season in 11 years and made college football's postseason for just the second time in school history.

"I thought he had an unbelievable year [in 2009] in how much he improved," offensive coordinator Steve Axman said. "From his freshman and sophomore year to his junior year was just a phenomenal breakthrough - he went forward by leaps and bounds."

Enderle's average of 264.2 aerial yards per game was tops in the Western Athletic Conference and is the third-best mark in Idaho single-season history. He registered a pass efficiency rating of 157.3, placing him fifth in the nation and sixth on the school's season record list, and his 61.5 completion percentage is the ninth-highest single-season mark in school history.

Entering his senior season, Enderle was placed on preseason watch lists for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award, the Manning Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Through five games, the passer has completed 112 of 176 attempts (63.64%) for 1,411 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions while leading Idaho to a 3-2 record. Enderle is averaging 282.2 aerial yards per game, ranking second in the WAC and 16th in the nation, while his passer efficiency rating of 139.5 ranks fifth in the conference and 39th in the country.

CAREER NOTES
Enderle started all 37 games at Idaho, completing 620 of 1125 passes (55.11%) for 8,181 yards, 62 touchdowns and 53 interceptions, adding two touchdowns on 194 carries for losses totaling 263 yards…Generated 7,918 yards in total offense, the fourth-best career total by a Vandals quarterback behind Doug Nussmeier (12,027; 1990-93), Ken Hobart (11,126; 1980-83) and John Friesz (10,187; 1986-89)…His 1,125 pass attempts rank fourth on Idaho's career list behind Friesz (1,350), Hobart (1,219) and Nussmeier (1,205)…His 620 completions also rank fourth to Friesz (801), Nussmeier (746) and Hobart (629)…Completed 55.11% of his pass attempts, ranking eighth in school history behind Nussmeier (61.9%), Rick Sloan (61.5%; 1984-85), Brian Lindgren (61.0%; 2001-03), John Welsh (60.3%; 1998-01), Friesz (59.3%), Scott Linehan (58.0%; 1982-86) and Mike Harrington (57.8%; 2002-05)…His 8,181 aerial yards place fourth among Vandals' quarterbacks topped by Nussmeier (10,824), Friesz (10,697) and Hobart (9,300)…Averaged 221.11 aerial yards per game placing fourth in school history behind Friesz (305.6 ypg), Nussmeier (277.5 ypg) and Welsh (224.3 ypg)…Threw 62 touchdown passes ranking fourth in school annals behind Nussmeier (91), Hobart (79) and Friesz (77)…Holds a career passer efficiency rating of 124.96; placing him 10th among Idaho quarterbacks, topped by Nussmeier (154.4), Eric Hisaw (146.6; 1992-95), Friesz (138.8; 1986-89), Lindgren (136.0), Welsh, (135.5), Brian Brennan (134.1; 1994-97), Sloan (133.4; 1984-85), Hobart (130.2) and Linehan (129.8).

2010 SEASON
Named to preseason watch lists for the Davey O'Brien Award, the Manning Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award…Started all five games, leading the Vandals to a 3-2 record…
Completed 112 of 176 pass attempts (63.64%) for 1,411 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions…Carried 25 times for losses totaling 111 yards, as he converted 0 of 8 third-down carries…68 of 112 pass completions (60.71%) went for first-downs, with 23 of those converting third-down attempts and one fourth-down throw…52 of his pass completions (46.43%) went for gains of at least 10 yards, including 20 that went for 20 yards or more (17.86%)…44 of 176 pass attempts (25.0%) resulted in a sack, pass deflection or interception…Averaging 282.2 aerial yards per game, ranking second in the Western Athletic Conference and 16th in the nation…Ranks fifth in the conference and 39th in the country with a pass efficiency rating of 139.5…His average of 260.0 yards in total offense per game also places fifth in the WAC and 33rd nationally.

2009 SEASON
Earned Idaho's Most Valuable Player award…Started all 11 games he played in, missing contests vs. Fresno State and Boise State with a bruised rotator cuff…Completed 192 of 312 pass attempts (61.54%) for 2,906 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions…Carried 41 times for losses totaling 55 yards…Generated 2,851 yards in total offense on 353 plays…125 of 192 pass completions (65.10%) went for first-downs, with 68 of those converting third-down attempts…110 of his pass completions (57.29%) went for gains of at least 10 yards, including 46 that went for 20 yards or more (24.48%)…55 of 312 pass attempts (17.63%) resulted in a sack, pass deflection, or interception…His average of 264.2 aerial yards per game was tops in the Western Athletic Conference and is the third-best mark in Idaho single-season history…Ranked second in the conference with an average of 259.2 yards in total offense per game…Registered a pass efficiency rating of 157.3, placing him fifth in the nation and sixth on the school's season record list…His 61.5 completion percentage Is the ninth-highest single-season total in school history.

2008 SEASON
Started all 12 games and completed 184 of 339 pass attempts (54.28%) for 2,077 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions…Scored once on 76 carries for losses totaling 22 yards…
His average of 173.1 aerial yards per game ranked fifth among Western Athletic Conference passers…Generated 2,055 yards in total offense on 415 plays, averaging 171.2 yards per game to place sixth in the WAC…Posted a pass efficiency rating of 115.2, placing eighth among WAC quarterbacks.

2007 SEASON
Started all nine games he played in, missing contests vs. San Jose State, Fresno State and New Mexico State with a ruptured tendon in his throwing hand…Completed 132 of 298 pass attempts (44.29%) for 1,787 yards, 10 touchdowns and 18 interceptions…Scored once on 76 carries for losses totaling 75 yards…Generated 1,712 yards in total offense…Averaged 178.7 aerial yards per game, ranking eighth among WAC passers…Averaged 171.2 yards in total offense per game, also placing fifth in the conference…His pass efficiency rating of 93.7 ranked ninth in the league…
Passed for 423 yards vs. Northern Illinois, tying for ninth-best in Idaho single-game history.

2006 SEASON
Red-shirted as a freshman.

INJURY REPORT
2009 Season…Suffered a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder vs. Louisiana Tech (10/31) and missed games vs. Fresno State (11/7) and Boise State (11/14)…Re-aggravated the injury in the season finale vs. Utah State (11/28) and was forced to leave the game midway through the fourth quarter.
2007 Season…Ruptured a tendon in his throwing hand vs. Hawai'i (9/29) and missed the next three contests vs. San Jose State (10/6), Fresno State (10/13) and New Mexico State (10/20).

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended North Platte High School (NE), playing football for head coach Todd Rice…Tied Nebraska high school records for completions in a season with 166 and completions in a game with 24 as a junior…As a senior, completed 129 of 258 passes for 1,481 yards and 13 touchdowns while leading his team to a 2-7 record…Named second-team Super State quarterback…Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service listed him as the seventh-best prospect in Nebraska…Also rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com, who ranked him as the 57th-best quarterback in the country…Also played basketball and baseball and competed on the track team…Honors student who graduated early to attend the University of Idaho.

PERSONAL
Chemistry/Pre-Med. Major…Son of Belle and Martin Enderle…Born 1/12/88…Resides in North Platte, Nebraska.

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