Printed on: January 17, 2013

ISU's Hill to play in Shrine Game


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Blackfoot High School graduate Josh Hill will be just the fourth player in Idaho State football history to compete in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game after he was invited to join the West squad late last week.

Hill joins Matt Guttierez (2006), Matt Courtney (1983) and Jared Allen (2003) as the only ISU players to participate in the annual postseason All-Star event.

Hill received the invitation Jan. 10 and joins UCLA's Joseph Fauria and Nevada's Zach Sudfeld in the West's tight end corps.

The game is held in St. Petersburg, Fla., and is an opportunity for professional scouts to conduct off-field evaluations as well measure players in game situations. By Jan. 12, Hill was on a plane to Florida to prepare for a week of practices, interviews and evaluations.

"It has been intense but it has been a lot of fun," Hill said in a news release. "I have been blessed with this great opportunity and I want to prove to scouts that I can play with the best guys in the nation."

Hill caught a career-best 70 passes for the Bengals this past season, finishing with 630 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He also played in all 44 games of his college career.

He twice caught 12 passes in a game in 2012, earning All-Big Sky Conference second-team honors and ISU coach Mike Kramer's respect.

"From the end of last season to the final play of the 2012 season, no player improved more than Josh Hill," Kramer said. "He worked extremely hard all season and it showed."

The 22-year-old Hill (6-foot-5, 233 pounds) graduated in December with a degree in sports management.