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Western Illinois suspends two running backs

Macomb, IL (Sports Network) - Western Illinois senior Caulton Ray and junior Bryce Flowers were suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules, head football coach Mark Hendrickson announced Monday.

Ray, a 5-foot-9, 205-pound running back from Southfield, Mich., led WIU in rushing with 620 yards in eight games last season.

He served a prior team suspension at the start of last season and was kicked off the team at his former school, Michigan State, in 2009.

Flowers, a 5-10, 205-pound junior running back from Pittsburg, Calif., rushed for 158 yards in seven games last season.

Both players were voted to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All- Newcomer Team in 2010.

"Being a member of the Leatherneck Football program is a privilege. I expect every student-athlete to uphold the rules and standards we set forth," Hendrickson said.

The Leathernecks are wrapping up spring practice this week with an intrasquad game on Saturday.

04/16 20:14:14 ET