MARQUETTE - Nine Northern Michigan University football players missed Saturday's spring football game at the Superior Dome due to suspension.
Junior defensive back Aamad Bush, junior wide receive Terrance Dye, sophomore defensive back Deionte Bruton, sophomore cornerback Malik Walker, sophomore linebacker Ross Querro, sophomore linebacker Dalton Stenberg, junior offensive lineman Ken Kalish, sophomore wide receiver Demarco Haynes and freshman wide receiver Marcus Smith Jr. all missed the game for a violation of team rules, according to NMU Sports Information Director Anthony Reynolds.
NMU Athletic Director Forrest Karr was unable to provide what specific team rule or rules each player broke, but did say the circumstances involving each student-athlete are not the same.
Karr did not say whether or not any of the nine players faced further repercussions, just that the disciplinary process is ongoing as with any violation of team rules or the NMU Student-Athlete Code.
Bruton, Querro and Kalish did not see the field last season for the Wildcats while Walker, Stenberg and Smith were added to the team this spring.
Haynes appeared in 10 games last season, catching four passes for 45 yards. Dye caught four balls for 28 yards in nine games. Bush played in 10 games in the secondary and on special teams. He finished with 21 total tackles.
Dye, Kalish, Haynes and Smith were also injured for Saturday's spring game.
NMU head football coach Chris Ostrowsky and the players were not made available for comment.
Matt Wellens can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252.