The Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God knows no mercy for the Hawkeyes’ backfield. Such unfortunate luck was evident when Iowa announced that freshman running back Barkley Hill would miss the season with a torn ACL.
Hill suffered the injury Saturday on what was reported to be the last play of the scrimmage.
Attrition alone meant Hill had a chance to see the field this season. Since the end of last season, Iowa has lost four scholarship running backs: Marcus Coker, the team’s leading rusher in 2011 transferred to FCS Stony Brook; backup Mika’il McCall left the team; Jordan Canzeri tore his ACL in spring practice; and De’Andre Johnson was dismissed just before the start of fall camp.
Per Iowa beat writer Marc Morehouse, 10 Iowa running backs have left before finishing their eligibility since 2008, four of which have been a result of torn ACLs. For a complete list of AIRBHG victims, click HERE. It’s jaw-dropping.
With Hill out, sophomore Damon Bullock and freshman Greg Garmon, who had his own legal run-in, are the most likely to pick up the slack this season.
Assuming something catastrophic doesn’t happen to them first.