Eight ND Alums Invited To Combine

All-American linebacker Manti Te'o leads a group of eight ND players invited to this year's NFL Scouting Combine.

Eight invitations to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine were extended to former Notre Dame players, it was announced Thursday. Braxston Cave (center), Tyler Eifert (tight end), Kapron Lewis-Moore (defensive end), Zeke Motta (safety), Theo Riddick (running back), Jamoris Slaughter (safety), Manti Te’o (linebacker) and Cierre Wood (running back) were among a total of 333 players asked to participate. The Fighting Irish boasted six players invited to last year’s event.

The combine runs Feb. 20-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, will be broadcast on the NFL Network. Lewis-Moore, who underwent knee surgery last month to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that he suffered in the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama, will not be able to take part in physical drills, though it’s likely he’ll be in attendance for interviews with general managers and coaches. He missed the final five games of the 2011 season with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Slaughter, who had a torn Achilles tendon surgically repaired in September, isn’t expected to participate in most physical tests. It also depends on what he hears from the NCAA concerning his appeal for a sixth year.

A record 67 underclassmen were invited to Indy later this month, though all but two members of the Notre Dame contingent has exhausted his eligibility. Wood and Eifert chose not to return for fifth years. The eight invites are the most for Notre Dame since 2002, when Notre Dame produced 10. Florida State and LSU both had 13 players invited, followed by Georgia (11), Alabama (10) and Florida (10) and Notre Dame.

Workouts are separated by position, with tight ends and offensive linemen starting on Saturday, Feb. 23. On Sunday, Feb. 24, quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs go through drills. Defensive linemen and linebackers hit the field on Monday, Feb. 25, and the combine concludes with defensive backs on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

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