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FNS Photo by David Samson North Dakota State senior defensive lineman Cole Jirik.

NDSU's Jirik brings pure toughness

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FARGO — In another era, when goalies didn’t wear facemasks and hockey players didn’t have teeth, Cole Jirik may have been a natural for that sport beyond high school.


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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.