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Former North Dakota State All-American offensive tackle Paul Cornick said Thursday he has signed an undrafted free agent contact with the New York Jets of the National Football League.
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Former Bison All-American Offensive Lineman Paul Cornick Signs With the New York Jets

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: July 12, 2012

Former North Dakota State University All-American offensive tackle Paul Cornick said he has signed an undrafted free agent contact with the New York Jets of the National Football League. Cornick said he is scheduled to report to the Jets on July 23.

Cornick, a 6-foot-6, 309-pound senior from Orono, Minn. (Orono H.S.) graded out 96.5 percent this season with 102 knockdown blocks and allowed just one sack in pass protection and no quarterback hurries. He had a season-high 10 knockdown blocks in the season opener against Lafayette.

Cornick, who reaped a number of postseason awards including 2011 AFCA Coaches, Associated Press, Walter Camp, The Sports Network, College Sporting News and College Sports Journal All-America honors, was part of an offensive line that provided protection for quarterback Brock Jensen, who has completed 219 of 326 passes for 2,534 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions Jensen completed 67.2 percent of his passes and ranked 23rd nationally in passing efficiency. He was a first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection.

The offensive line, known as the "Rams", opened holes for running backs D.J. McNorton and Sam Ojuri, who have combined for 384 carries for 2,125 yards and 24 touchdowns. The pair have averaged 5.53 yards per carry. With Ojuri reaching 1,000 yards against Georgia Southern, the Bison had an 1,000-yard runner nine seasons in a row. NDSU had two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history this year.

Collectively, the offfensive line allowed 18 sacks. The offense tied for 4th nationally in Red Zone offense, converting 51 of 56 chances at 91 percent including 39 touchdowns.

North Dakota State won the program’s first NCAA Division I Football Championship with a 17-6 win over Sam Houston State on Jan. 7, and also claimed the program's first Missouri Valley Football Conference title. The Bison were 14-1 overall and 7-1 in MVFC.

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