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Five BYU players invited to NFL Combine

The list of college football players invited to this year’s NFL Combine is out, thanks to CBSsports.com, and BYU will be represented quite well in 2014.

BYU will have five players at the annual talent show in Indianapolis, its most since 2002. The combine is Feb. 19-24 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Here’s the BYU list:

* Linebacker Kyle Van Noy

* Receiver Cody Hoffman

* Defensive tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna

* Safety Daniel Sorensen

* Linebacker Uani Unga (Unga underwent knee surgery last month, so he won’t participate in the physical portions of the combine).

Van Noy and Hoffman, who recently played in the Senior Bowl, are likely to be drafted. Sorensen, Unga and Manumaleuna could be late-round picks, but most likely will have to go the free-agent route and try to catch on with a team. Tight end Kaneakua Friel has the measurables scouts like, but wasn’t productive last season, so he could also get a free-agent invite, according to some scouting services.

The Cougars haven’t had multiple players taken in the NFL Draft since running back Fui Vakapuna and receiver Austin Collie went in the 2009 selections.

As for the combine, BYU once had eight players chosen to participate, back in 1986.

The University of Utah will also have five players at the Combine, while Utah State had four invited and Dixie State one.



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