Andy Whittier made an impact in what may be his final football game.
The former Idaho State defensive back played in the FCS National Bowl on Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida, helping the American team defeat National 38-37.
Whittier and other FCS football players showcased their skills in front of professional scouts at the invitation-only event. Whittier arrived in Florida on Thursday and spent the next two days meeting other players, shuttling between his hotel and the field, filling out paperwork for scouts and getting a crash course on preparing for professional football.
It all led up to Sundayâ€™s game, which Whittierâ€™s team won on a last-second touchdown and 2-point conversion.
Idaho Stateâ€™s Dakota Wilson was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I football team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The news was announced Monday.
Wilson, a Bengals redshirt junior offensive lineman, is ISUâ€™s first CoSIDA Academic All-American since Cody Sorensen in 2015. Wilson was named to the second team. He is majoring in health science and carries a 3.97 GPA, according to a Big Sky Conference-issued press release.
Wilson mostly played right tackle during the 2018 season for ISU, which had its best offensive season since 2014. The Bengals ended the 2018 season ranked ninth in the FCS in total offense (491.2 yards per game).
UC Davisâ€™ Ryan Parenteau and Tiger Garcia also earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Throughout the NFL season, weâ€™ll check in with former local players currently in the NFL. Hereâ€™s an update after the 14th week of the regular season.
Dirk Koetter (Idaho State University), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Hill (Blackfoot High, Idaho State University) and Taysom Hill (Highland High), New Orleans Saints
Highland alumnus Taysom Hill provided the spark New Orleans needed to come back from a 14-3 second-half deficit and pick up a 28-14 win Sunday at Tampa Bay. The Saints also clinched their second consecutive NFC South Division title.
Sundance Film Festival favorite, “Juliet, Naked” plays this Sunday, December 9, at 2:30, 4:30, and 7:00 p.m. at the Bengal Theater. When a British woman’s obsessed boyfriend’s musical hero Tucker Crowe contacts her after she gives him an unfavorable review, an unlikely transatlantic romantic triangle ensues. “A charming film… as comic, heartfelt and smart as they come,” writes the Los Angeles Times.Â Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff, and free for ISU students with Bengal ID.Â For trailer and more information, go toÂ Â www.pocatellofilmsociety.com/juliet.