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College players using all-star games to catch NFL eyes

January 18, 2018 GMT

The college football season hasn’t ended for several college football players who are making names for themselves in front of NFL scouts at all-star games.

Former Pitt guard Brandon Hodges, who started just three games last year in his only Pitt season, has opened some eyes at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practice in Pasadena, Calif. The game is Saturday.

Then, there’s West Mifflin and Slippery Rock graduate Marcus Martin, a defensive end who’s at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. That game also is Saturday.

He was named PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year three seasons in a row and broke NCAA Division II records for sacks and tackles for losses, then the NCAA sacks record for all divisions.

Trib columnist Kevin Gorman had this take on Martin two months ago.

Several others are at the East-West game, including Penn State’s Jason Cabinda and DeSean Hamilton. Former Pitt teammates Avonte Maddox and Jester Weah squared off against each other in passing drills.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.