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UPDATED: Bison tight end Noah Gindorff, OL Mauch, FB Luepke invited to NFL Scouting Combine

NDSU's Noah Gindorff missed most of his final season in the Bison football program due to injury.

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North Dakota State's Noah Gindorff has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
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FARGO — North Dakota State tight end Noah Gindorff has been invited to the annual NFL Scouting Combine, Shark Sports Football announced earlier this week via social media.

Shark Sports Football is representing Gindorff, who played in only three games for NDSU this past season due to a lower-leg injury that required season-ending surgery.

“It speaks volumes of the overall big-picture career that he had here," said Bison offensive coordinator Tyler Roehl. "When you look at the culmination of attributes and skill set that he has and the film that he was able to put together … to get it in the first wave shows there is a high-level, sincere interest in Noah.”

The NFL Combine is scheduled for Feb. 26-March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Bison offensive tackle Cody Mauch is also set to participate as well as former NDSU fullback Hunter Luepke. Luepke is recovering from shoulder surgery, but is expected to be on site for team interviews. The Bison announced all three Combine invites Friday, Jan. 20, on their football social media account.

"It was a bit up in the air, but getting the invite in the first wave is a very good sign," said Gindorff, from Crosby, Minn. "I was definitely happy to get one, it was a bit surprising for sure."

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The 6-foot-6, 268-pound Gindorff had six receptions for 74 yards and one touchdown in his three games this past fall. Gindorff played in 53 games during his Bison career, finishing with 44 catches for 522 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Gindorff said he won't do the full on-field Combine testing.

"Interviews, medical testing and bench," Gindorff said. "The medical testing will be very big for me."

Roehl added: “It still gives you an opportunity to showcase who you are as a person, which I think is extremely important in that process, it’s important in the recruiting process for us.”

The 6-foot-6, 303-pound Mauch played in 62 games during his Bison career and became a fixture at left tackle for the Bison over the past three seasons.

The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Luepke played in 43 games during his Bison career, rushing for 1,665 yards and 24 touchdowns on 274 attempts. He also caught 38 passes for 494 yards and nine TDs. Luepke played in 10 games this past season before a season-ending shoulder injury.

Gindorff, Mauch and Luepke join multiple Bison players who have received Combine invites in recent seasons. Former NDSU wide receiver Christian Watson and offensive lineman Cordell Volson both participated at the NFL Combine last year.

Watson is now with the Green Bay Packers and Volson with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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“It shows you can make it to the NFL from NDSU," Roehl said. "Whatever goals from a football standpoint, you can do whatever you want from NDSU. ... It shows that with the NFL personnel, the middle letter doesn't matter, FBS or FCS. They understand good football.”

Gindorff also accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl earlier this week. The college all-star game for draft-eligible players is slate for Jan. 28 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and televised on the NFL Network. Mauch and Luepke both accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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