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ISU RB Marshaun Coprich is invited to participate in the NFL Combine Feb. 26 in Indianapolis. 

Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich was invited to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine this past January. The combine will take place later this month, when he will test his skills in order to be selected in this year’s draft.

Most of the NFL Draft analysts do not expect Coprich to be selected in the early rounds. In fact, CBSSports.com projects him to be either drafted in the seventh round or not be drafted at all and end up being put into free agency.

The Scouting Combine will be held at Indianapolis, Ind. from Tuesday, Feb. 23 to Monday, Feb. 29.

Coprich did not participate in the 2016 Senior Bowl, but the statistics he made when he was with the Redbirds got the NFL’s attention.

Coprich won back-to-back Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) Offensive Player of the Year awards in 2014 and in 2015. This feat had never been achieved since Western Illinois quarterback Russ Michna in 2002 and 2003.

In his senior year as a Redbird, Coprich led the MVFC in rushing yards with a total 1,967, rushing touchdowns with a total of 23, yards per game (151.3), all-purpose yards per game (169.0) and scoring (11.2). He rushed for over 100 yards in 10 contests and even ran over 200 yards in four games.

During the summer of 2015, Coprich was arrested on drug charges and was suspended by head coach Brock Spack, but the suspension was soon lifted as the star running back pleaded guilty. Coprich put that behind him when he went in the field for his senior year and despite the incident, he wants to pursue a professional career in the NFL.

Jacob Klassen is a sports reporter at The Vidette and can be reached at vidette_jklasse@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @jklass350.

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