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Eric Peterson, Published August 09 2012

NDSU senior linebacker Jemison dismissed from team; police investigating player

FARGO – North Dakota State has dismissed senior linebacker Brandon Jemison from the football team for violation of team rules and Fargo Police are investigating him, officials said Thursday.

“The only thing I will say is that he’s dismissed because of violation of team rules,” Bohl said after a Thursday-morning practice.

Fargo Lt. Joel Vettel said Jemison was under investigation, but Vettel said he couldn’t comment further because the investigation is ongoing.

Jemison, a 6-foot-1, 217-pound Fargo South graduate, played in all 40 games during his first three seasons with NDSU, including 27 starts.

“Those are decisions that a head coach has to make,” Bohl said of Jemison’s dismissal. “They’re not decisions that are made lightly, but those are the decisions that I’m charged with making and that’s what I did.”

Jemison, who had 185 tackles in his career, was listed on the Bison depth chart as the No. 2 middle linebacker entering fall camp.

NDSU linebackers coach Steve Sanard said late last week, he would rank Jemison as the team’s No. 5 linebacker overall. The Bison start three linebackers in their base defensive scheme.

Jemison started in eight games as a true freshman during the 2009 season and was second on the team in tackles. He made 14 starts as a sophomore and was second on the team in tackles.

Jemison had hip surgery following his sophomore season.

As a junior, Jemison started five games before being replaced as a starter. He played in all 15 games and finished 12th on the team in tackles last season, which ended with an FCS national championship.

Jemison had a second hip surgery this past offseason.

“We went into the year with BJ’s hip being a concern,” Bohl said. “While the dismissal is something that obviously we had not planned for, we had made plans because of the hip.”

Bohl said when he told the team about Jemison’s dismissal, the focus was on moving ahead.

“The explanation I gave (the team) was the same explanation I gave you guys,” Bohl said. “They’ve got to move forward here. It’s the team, the team, the team. … We’ve got to move forward. You are always going to have adversity.”