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Penn State Football: Four Nittany Lions Grab NFL Combine Invitations

by on February 07, 2013 12:21 PM

Of the 333 athletes that make the cut for the NFL Scouting Combine later this month in Indianapolis, Penn Staters will be able to cheer on four of their own.

Nittany Lions Jordan Hill, Gerald Hodges, Michael Mauti and Matt Stankiewitch all received an invitation to the event, one which can help make or break an athlete's possible position in the NFL draft.

For Mauti, it will be one of the first public displays of his football abilities following a knee injury toward the end of Penn State's season.

Penn State will host its own Pro Day some time in March for players that were not invited to the combine to show off their skills and physical abilities to scouts and teams interested in their services. Since the hiring of coach Bill O'Brien, the NFL's presence on campus and around the Lasch Football Building has increased greatly, multiple scouts can be seen at almost any practice during the season, a stark contrast to the previous regime. 

Just less than 30 players from the Big Ten conference received an invite to the combine. Ohio State led the conference with seven players picking up invitations.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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