MOSCOW, Idaho - University of Idaho linebacker Korey Toomer was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 National Football League draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Toomer had decided instead of waiting anxiously at his family home in Las Vegas, he would join his mother, Pamelisa Travis, and girlfriend, Carrie Ojeda, for breakfast. While he was waiting in line, his phone rang. It was the Seahawks.
"They asked me if I wanted to be a Seahawk and I said yes," said Toomer, who admitted to missing the first call from Seattle because he couldn't get to his phone in time. "I was shocked. I didn't think they were going to pick up another linebacker."
Seattle was one of Toomer's favorite places as he was whisked across the country to be weighed and measured by various NFL teams prior to the draft. The call put the thoughts of breakfast out of his mind.
"I didn't want to eat," he said. "I was ready to go work out more than anything else."
Toomer joined the Vandals in 2009 and redshirted in 2010 with a broken hand. He started at linebacker for the Vandals last season and took a few snaps at fullback – where he was an immediate hit. He scored three touchdowns against San Jose State and a two-point conversion. Toomer was the Vandals' sack and tackles-for-loss leader with four sacks and 10.5 tackles-for-loss. He totaled 68 tackles for the season.
Toomer returns to Moscow next week and will graduate the following week.
"God blessed me," Toomer said. "I give him all the credit."