Joe Martin spring ball

Idaho State linebacker Joe Martin (25) goes after wide receiver Mitch Gueller during coverage drills during a 2017 spring practice at Holt Arena. Content Exchange

Two former Idaho State football players have upcoming opportunities to further their football careers.

Former Bengals linebacker Joe Martin and defensive back/special teams standout Andy Whittier are participating in camps/workouts with professional football teams starting Sunday.

Martin, who played for ISU from 2014-18, was invited to a draft-eligible player workout April 15 with the Seattle Seahawks. Whitter, who was a Bengal from 2015-18, is traveling to camps with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. His first camp is Sunday with the Blue Bombers in Nashville, Tennessee, and his second is May 11 in Seattle.

Martin and Whittier both partook in ISU’s pro day workouts in March. Their impending professional workouts move them one step closer to playing professional football.

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“I get one more opportunity other than pro day to go out there and show what I can do,” said Martin, who amassed 210 tackles and four interceptions at ISU.

“It was really kind of surprising that someone in a different country recognized what we were doing,” said Whittier, who had 46 career tackles as a key part of ISU’s special teams units. “It was a wonderful feeling.”

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Idaho State’s Andy Whittier runs down the field during a game Oct. 20, 2018 at Liberty in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Martin said he will tour the Seahawks’ facilities and meet the coaching staff before being interviewed and tested on his physical attributes. Whittier said his camp in Nashville will likely be more of the same drills he went through at ISU’s pro day in Pocatello. Martin and Whittier agreed that their upcoming workouts will likely be more position-specialized than their pro day drills were.

And after their workouts are done, Martin and Whittier await what is hopefully good news.

“The fact that I get one day to do that in front of their whole team or coaches or whatever it may be, I’m happy about that,” Martin said. “We’ll see where it goes.”

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