FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Standout North Dakota State University defensive end Kyle Emanuel has found a home in the NFL, while two standout college running backs in the Dakotas are getting shots in the pros.

Emanuel was taken by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the NFL draft. He was the 153rd player taken.

During his senior season at NDSU, Emanuel was named winner of the Buck Buchanan award, given to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Bison running back John Crockett wasn’t drafted, but he signed a free-agent deal with the Green Bay Packers. Standout South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner signed a free-agent contract with the Detroit Lions.

Zenner was the first player in FCS history to post three consecutive 2,000-yard rushing seasons.

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