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Thomas, Babicz among 4 Bison football players headed to all-star games for NFL Draft eligible prospects

North Dakota State defensive end Brayden Thomas is headed to the East-West Shrine Bowl college football all-star game.

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North Dakota State defense end Brayden Thomas (98) is set to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl college all-star football game for NFL Draft eligible prospects.
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FARGO — North Dakota State defensive end Brayden Thomas is headed to the East-West Shrine Bowl college football all-star game, which is slated for Feb. 3 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Thomas joins Bison offensive lineman Cordell Volson, who also accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Bowl, which is set to start at 7 p.m. CST and televised on NFL Network.

NDSU tight end Josh Babicz is slated to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., and televised on NFL Network.

Bison wide receiver Christian Watson earlier accepted his invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl, which is Feb. 5 in Mobile, Ala. That game is set to start at 1:30 p.m. CST and televised on NFL Network. Watson accepted his Senior Bowl invite prior to the NCAA Division I FCS national title game, which was played in Frisco, Texas.

Thomas, from Bismarck, had a strong final season with the Bison, finishing with a team-high nine sacks on a defense that allowed 11.1 points per game. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Babicz had 12 catches for 254 yards and four touchdowns in his final season with NDSU. Babicz had a 35-yard TD catch in NDSU's 38-10 victory against Montana State for the FCS national championship in early January.

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The 6-foot-7, 313-pound Volson played in 65 games during his Bison career. The 6-foot-5, 208-pound Watson finished his career with 105 catches for 2,140 yards and 14 TDs over four seasons. Watson averaged 20.4 yards per catch during his Bison career.

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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