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Quartet of leaders

MARQUETTE – Marcus Tucker leads Northern Michigan University in All-GLIAC football honors announced Tuesday.

Tucker was named to the first team. Wildcats’ teammates Kyle Steuck, Levi Perry and Robert Salani earned spots on the second team.

The quartet was honored after helping lead the Wildcats to a 5-6 overall finish, its best since 2010.

“It’s a great honor and a pleasure for us as a football program to celebrate our all-conference players,” NMU head coach Chris Ostrowsky said. “All are very deserving and great ambassadors for our program.”

Tucker led a productive group of wide receivers, averaging 7.2 receptions per game. The senior captain’s nine touchdown catches was tied for fifth in the GLIAC, and his 73.9 receiving yards per game was also good for a top-10 spot.

He also totaled 777 yards in kick returns.

In Northern’s 31-14 win over Quincy on Sept. 12, Tucker became the eighth Wildcat to haul in three TDs in a single game.

Steuck started every game for the Wildcats under center. A senior captain, he played in all 44 of NMU’s games over the past four seasons.

Perry averaged 7.7 tackles per game for the Wildcats at outside linebacker. Against Malone on Oct. 10, he returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown.

His three tackles for loss against Quincy were the most posted by a Wildcat in a single game this fall.

Salani averaged 39.6 yards per punt and placed 13 of them inside the 20-yard line. Against Ferris State on Nov. 7, the junior dropped a season-best three punts inside the 20, including one that traveled a season-long 76 yards.

Tucker is the first Wildcat to earn a first team nod since Christian Jessie nabbed the specialist spot in 2013.

The Wildcats’ four selections across the two teams is their most since 2012, when Jessie (specialist), Jace Daniels (offensive line) and Rockne Belmonte (placekicker) were named to the first team and Zach Anderson (defensive line) made the second team.

Keyondre Craig, CJ Washington, Keshawn Walker, Paris Woods, Shaye Brown and Jared Vuksan earned 2015 GLIAC honorable mention accolades for NMU.

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251, or via email at cremsburg@miningjournal.net.

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