Iowa was having some luck with the health of running backs for a while, but the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God can only stay silent for so long. On Tuesday Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz announced sophomore running back LeShun Daniels Jr. will be out for the remainder of the 20124 season due to an undisclosed injury. Ferentz also confirmed the departure of freshman wide receiver Derrick Willies.
Ferentz says Willies left the program to be closer to his family, because his father is having some health issues. Willies has played in four games this season and leaves Iowa with 71 receiving yards and one touchdown. It is unknown if Willies will eventually return to Iowa in the future, although considering the circumstances it would seem the door is open if he chooses to do so.
Daniels had only appeared in four games in a back-up role behind leading rushers like Mark Weisman and Jordan Canzeri. Daniels had 14 rushing attempts for 42 yards and one touchdown this season for the Hawkeyes. The sophomore still has two years of eligibility remaining.