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Minnesota linebacker Nate Triplett, right, knocks Air Force tailback Asher Clark out of bounds during the second quarter of an NCAA football game Sept. 12, 2009 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Associated Press)

Vikings select Gophers' linebacker Triplett in fifth round

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By Jon Krawczynski, AP Sports Writer

EDEN PRAIRIE -- Nate Triplett has spent his entire life in Minnesota. That won't change as he begins his professional career in the NFL.

The Minnesota Vikings drafted the hard-nosed linebacker with the 167th overall pick in the fifth round on Saturday, the first time they've drafted a Gophers player since Tyrone Carter in 2000.

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