Posted at: 04/28/2013 10:50 PM
Updated at: 04/28/2013 11:27 PM
Former UMD offensive lineman Garth Heikkinen will get a chance to fight for a spot on the team he grew up watching.
The Gene Upshaw award winner and five-time All American received an invitation to the Vikings rookie mini-camp this coming weekend. He was not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft but had interest from at least a half a dozen teams prior to the draft.
Heikkinen says size-wise, he matches up with other offensive guards and centers in the NFL, it's just a matter of adjusting to the faster game speed of professional football.
Heikkinen isn't the only UMD player getting NFL attention. Fellow Bulldog lineman Jake Bschrerer signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.