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13 players with local ties invited to NFL's Scouting Combine

Jerry DiPaola
| Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
Pitt's Tyler Boyd plays against Navy in the Military Bowl on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
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Pitt's Tyler Boyd plays against Navy in the Military Bowl on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The NFL released its list of prospects invited to the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from Feb. 23-29, and it includes 13 players with local ties.

There are six from West Virginia: safeties K.J. Dillon and Karl Joseph, inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski of Bethel Park, running back Wendell Smallwood, cornerback Daryl Worley and punter Nick O'Toole.

Penn State will be represented by five players: quarterback Christian Hackenberg, nose tackle Austin Johnson, strong safety Jordan Lucas, defensive end Carl Nassib and defensive tackle Anthony Zettel.

Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd of Clairton and Texas Tech defensive end Branden Jackson of McKeesport also were among the 332 players invited.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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