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Hot Mic with Dom Izzo: Saluting North Dakota's favorite football player

Cody Mauch made national headlines Saturday in Frisco

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This year's version of the North Dakota State football team has its fair share of standout players.

Christian Watson. Cordell Volson. Brayden Thomas.

But there's one player that captured the attention of anyone watching the national championship game Saturday.

Hankinson's Cody Mauch. The senior left tackle has become a fan favorite with his flowing red hair and his toothless grin.

WDAY featured Mauch last month and his propensity to tell teams when NDSU got a first down. He took it to another level Saturday and was featured on national television because of it.


North Dakota State offensive lineman Cody Mauch, right, slides to signal a first down during the NCAA Division I FCS national championship game Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in Frisco, Texas.
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I asked him after the game about his new superstar status:

"They know I'm kind of goofy they embrace it and it helps our team out and everyone being themselves."

Cody told me last month he didn't want to look like an idiot out there.

He's no dummy and in the process he's become North Dakota's favorite football player.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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