Idaho Football POY: Joe Martarano

Idaho Football POY: Joe Martarano


Idaho Football POY: Joe Martarano


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THE WINNER: Joe Martarano


School: Fruitland (Idaho)
Grade: Senior
Position: Linebacker and quarterback
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 230 pounds


Athletic achievement: He amassed 147 tackles and intercepted four passes this past season, leading the Grizzlies (11-1) to the Class 3A state championship game. Martarano completed 67 of 106 passes for 1,240 yards and 13 touchdowns, and also rushed for 551 yards and 10 TDs on 96 carries. A First Team All-State selection, he has played on state title teams in football, baseball and basketball.

Academic excellence: Martarano has maintained a 3.42 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports camps and an elementary school literacy-outreach program. 


“Defensively, he’s tall, thick, strong and fast,” said Troy Gleave, head coach at Payette (Idaho). “He’s just a beast in the middle. It’s very hard to block him or run away from him. Offensively, he has a monster arm and he never goes down on first contact.”

THE FUTURE: Martarano has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at Boise State University beginning in the fall of 2013.


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