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Central Michigan football is off to a solid start after last season's debacle, including this past Saturday's surprising rout of Eastern Michigan.

But, again, trouble has struck Mount Pleasant, with the university announcing Tuesday that starting quarterback David Moore has been suspended for one year by the NCAA for testing positive for a banned substance.

The university is appealing, it said in a statement.

Moore, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior from Alpharetta, Ga., is in his first year playing for the Chippewas, after spending his earlier collegiate career at Memphis. Through six games, he's 94-for-164 for 1,143 yards, with five touchdowns and four interceptions. He's also rushed for a TD.

The university found out about the test results Monday, and after talking to Moore, his family and coaches, it believes the substance in question to be an over-the-counter nutritional supplement.

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“The university partners with the NCAA to ensure its student-athletes play by the rules and exhibit the highest level of conduct," Central athletic director Michael Alford said in a statement. Based on the university’s review of the available evidence, the university has decided to appeal this ruling."

Alford was at the Mid-American Conference meetings Tuesday afternoon, and not immediately available for further comment.

Central Michigan is led by first-year head coach Jim McElwain, the former Florida coach who was hired after John Bonamego was fired after last year's 1-11 season.

The Chippewas are 3-3, with wins at home against Albany, Akron and Eastern, and losses on the road to Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.) and chief rival Western Michigan.

Central plays at home against New Mexico State on Saturday.

Senior Quinten Dormady, from Boerne, Texas, likely will get the start at quarterback. He was 27-for-37 for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the opener against Albany. Dormady, who is a graduate transfer from Houston, was hurt in the 61-0 loss to Wisconsin, but returned to practice last week.

Moore is not able to play during the university's appeal process.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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