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WR Schultenover dismissed from Bison football team

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WR Schultenover dismissed from Bison football team
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FARGO -- North Dakota State wide receiver Jordan Schultenover, who was expected to be the team's top pass-catching target next fall, was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

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Bison head coach Craig Bohl would not specify why, saying, "I'm not in a position to make further comment."

Also, Bohl said backup running back Pete Blincoe, who started two games as a sophomore but missed last season because of a knee injury, left the team.

"I think it was one of those things that just wasn't there," Bohl said. "He just felt like it was his best interest to move on."

Schultenover was first in line to replace Kole Heckendorf as NDSU's No. 1 receiver. He played in 32 of 33 games in his career finishing with 19 receptions and six touchdowns.

Schultenover was arrested for minor in possession in 2005 according to Fargo police records, an offense that went previously unreported most likely because he was a redshirt freshman and didn't play at the time.

His situation further clouds a spring that has seen a backup quarterback get kicked off for reasons other than a marijuana possession charge and three players being suspended indefinitely for driving under the influence charges.

Schultenover was an honorable mention all-state selection in Minnesota at Hopkins High School in the Twin Cities. At 6 feet, 2 inches and about 210 pounds with a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, he showed promise during spring football.

Bohl said the program is addressing the recent incidents with education, suspensions and dismissals. Schultenover was not arrested by local law enforcement in connection with any criminal activities as of Tuesday.

"Character is the bedrock of our program," Bohl said. "In recruiting, we ask the tough questions on the front side. We've turned down several players didn't fit in. I'm concerned about the recent number of incidents; it's not consistent with the last six years and 600 players."

Schultenover's departure leaves sophomores Warren Holloway and Sidney Haynes as the starters. Junior Gary Williams is out with an injury.

Bohl said junior college transfer receiver Sam Rogers from West Los Angeles Community College will have a chance of contributing right away.

"We feel like we have some depth coming in," Bohl said. "I just don't think we're going to go run and sign somebody."

Blincoe was attempting to challenge sophomores Matt Voigtlander and D.J. McNorton and freshman Josh Horner for the backup spot to starter Pat Paschall. He had 417 yards rushing on 76 attempts and five touchdowns in 2007.

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