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SIU connection on Vikings with addition of MyCole Pruitt

SIU connection on Vikings with addition of MyCole Pruitt

The joke Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is telling is that after loading up on players from UCLA and Notre Dame, he finally had to land a Saluki. Spielman, who was a linebacker at Southern Illinois and a member of the school’s 1983 NCAA Division I-AA national championship team, got his guy this year when he drafted tight end MyCole Pruitt in the fifth round. “Just because he was from Southern Illinois and I never drafted a Southern Illinois guy,” Spielman said about the attraction to Pruitt. “There had to be one Saluki after all the UCLA and Notre Dame guys.” The Vikings have drafted four players from UCLA and Notre Dame since 2007 and...

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