• Turner has a point to prove — Former North Dakota State offensive lineman William Turner has a point to prove.
The 6-foot-6, 341-pound offensive tackle played in last month’s Senior Bowl. Most of his work came at tackle, although he also saw time as an offensive guard during the week leading up to the game.
Despite the success that North Dakota State enjoyed during his time at the school — such as winning three FCS national championships and winning every matchup against FBS opponents — there are still questions about his ability to move on to the next level.
It was those kind of questions that followed Turner from high school in Minneapolis to Fargo. He had wanted to attend his hometown college, the University of Minnesota, but they held off until the last minute in offering a scholarship.
When they did finally call, Turner said thanks but no thanks. He had already moved on.
“I know there’s a question mark on me after playing at a smaller school. But we won three national championships and we beat every FBS team that we faced,” Turner said Thursday.
He is the lone Missouri Valley Conference player invited to the combine.
• Indiana ties — Nine Notre Dame players (RB George Atkinson, DT Louis Nix, DT Stephon Tuitt, OT Zach Martin, LB Prince Shembo, OG Christopher Watt, WR Tailor Jones, TE Troy Niklas, CB Bennett Jackson) are at the combine.
Ball State had three players (QB Keith Wenning, WR Willie Snead, DE Jonathon Newsome), while Indiana (WR Cody Latimer) and Purdue (CB Ricardo Allen) had one each.
Former North Carolina offensive tackle James Hurst (Plainfield) also was invited.
• Garoppolo to work out — Former Eastern Illinois record-setter Jimmy Garoppolo is one of 16 quarterbacks invited to the combine.
Garoppolo participated in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. While he has been projected to be a mid-round draft pick, the 6-3, 222-pound signal caller could go higher if he right team likes what it sees this week and during his Pro Day workout.
• Salary cap increased — NFL teams could have some extra money to use this offseason after the league announced the salary-cap limit has been raised to $130 million.
Indianapolis is expected to have approximately $37 million to spend during the free-agency period.