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USD’s Tyler Starr drafted by Falcons

VERMILLION — University of South Dakota linebacker/defensive end Tyler Starr had to wait, but finally heard his name called Saturday in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.

Starr was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 255 pick, the second to last selection of the final round.

“This is an unreal feeling,” Starr said according to a release from the USD athletic department. “We waited all day long for this to happen, and when it did we were overwhelmed. My son, Hunter, turns three tomorrow and it was great to celebrate this day with him. I fly to Atlanta soon and I can’t wait to get started.”

Starr was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 after leading the league in sacks with nine. He also led the MVFC in tackles for loss with 15 and forced fumbles with four.

Starr is the 13th player selected in the NFL Draft from USD and the first since Tom Compton in 2012.

South Dakota State’s Witzman, Peete sign with Houston Texans as undrafted free agents

Former South Dakota State University football players Bryan Witzmann and Doug Peete agreed to terms with the Houston Texans as non-drafted free agents following the final round of the NFL Draft Saturday.

Witzmann was an All-American from the left tackle position in 2012 and 2013, while Peete was a three-year starter for the Jackrabbits at defensive end/outside linebacker.

Both are expected to arrive in Houston for minicamp Wednesday.

NSU’s Caspers receives minicamp invite from Vikings

Jon Caspers, a former Northern State University offensive lineman, will report to minicamp with the Minnesota Vikings after receiving an offer Sunday.

Caspers was an All-NSIC second team selection in 2013, playing in 10 of the Wolves’ 11 games. He allowed eight sacks on the year.