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STORY BY STEVE SCHAACK-ISU MEDIA RELATIONS
POCATELLO, Idaho – Idaho State football coach Mike Kramer has announced changes to his coaching staff. The ISU coach has hired Spencer Toone, a defensive graduate assistant at Utah State for the past two years to coach outside linebackers and Mike Ferriter, an offensive graduate assistant at UNLV to coach inside wide receivers and manage the running backs for the near future.
Kramer has announced that Matt Troxel has been reassigned to coach the offensive line and Roger Cooper will move from running backs coach to inside linebackers coach. Kramer will reassume the duties as kick teams' coordinator and two additional staff positions remain open, including the hiring of a defensive coordinator.
On Toone, Kramer said, “He was an outstanding high school athlete at Snake River High School and he became an excellent scholar athlete at Utah after serving a two-year church mission. He came highly recommended from Utah State coach Gary Anderson and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.”
While at Utah State Toone served as the defensive graduate assistant, working with Anderson as well as assisting the linebackers coach.
Toone was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2006 draft where he played two years for the team. At Utah he was a three-year starter that earned all-Mountain West Conference first-team honors in his senior season in 2005 after tying for the league lead in tackles with 113. Toone finished his Utah career with 293 tackles, ranked 10th all-time in school history.
Off the field, Toone was second-team ESPN The Magazine, CoSIDA Academic All-America in 2005 and a two-time academic all-District VIII first-team selection as a junior and senior. Toone also earned the President's Award as the team's best athlete with the highest GPA.
Prior to Utah, Toone played at Ricks College before serving his LDS mission to Australia from 2000-02. Toone is a native of Blackfoot, Idaho where he helped lead Snake River to the 1997 and 1998 state championships.
On Ferriter Kramer said, “He was a college teammate of Matt Troxel and a four-year starter at wide receiver at Montana. He was an exemplary student-athlete and he came highly touted for his work ethic and on field expertise by coach Bobby Hauck.
While at UNLV, Ferriter worked with the safety position in meetings to expand player's knowledge of offensive schemes, receiver route tendencies and defensive ball skills. Other duties included working with the wide receivers and offensive line.
Ferriter played for Hauck at Montana and became the 11th Griz to reach the 2,000 yard receiving mark in a career, finishing with 148 receptions for 2,116 yards and 15 touchdowns. He earned his bachelor's degree in human biology and spent the 2009 season coaching receivers at his alma mater, Helena High School.