LeShun Daniels Jr., Ray Mitchell

Freshman receiver leaves Iowa and the return of the AIRBHG?


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.

AIRBHG takes another swipe, this time at Iowa FB

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Even your new running backs coach is powerless to save you, Iowa.

On the same day that Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced the addition of Chris White to oversee the team’s backfield, it was also confirmed that fullback Brad Rogers would hang up the cleats because of ongoing injury problems.

Rogers, who had one year of eligibility left, had played in 27 games over his career with the Hawkeyes. His final rushing stats include 16 carries for 87 yards.

Additionally, linebacker Jim Poggie has ended his career because of injuries. Poggie did not play the past two seasons, but was one of 13 Iowa players to be hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis two years ago.

Greg Garmon to try and shake AIRBHG at the JUCO level

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Over the past several years, a malevolent deity has assailed the running back position at Iowa through either injury, arrest, transfer, locusts or some other biblical plague and/or pestilence.

Greg Garmon was one of those caught up in AIRBHG’s clutches, leaving the Hawkeyes back in mid-December because, simply, “it wasn’t clicking for him.”  A little over a month later, Garmon is looking to restart his playing career at a level that’s far from AIRBHG’s crosshairs — he hopes.

Butte (Calif.) College coach Jeff Jordan confirmed to HawkeyeInsider.com that Garmon “started school this past week” at the JUCO-level program.  Butte is one of the premier JUCO football schools in the country, and served as the launching pad for what some would call a mildly successful playing career for Aaron Rodgers.

“He chose this move to keep his grades up and not lose a year of football,” Garmon’s father, Tony Hollingsworth, told the website. “He figured a (junior) college would fit him well while staying focused on his (school) work with less distraction from a major university atmosphere during the second semester there.

“He felt that Iowa scheme was not his style of play so this was the best move for him.”

Garmon was a four-star member of Iowa’s 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 19 running back in the country coming out of Erie, Pa.  As a true freshman last season, Garmon finished third on the team in rushing with 122 yards.  He also caught eight passes for 57 yards, and was credited with one pot possession charge in June.

If/when Garmon makes the move back to the FBS level, he would have three years of eligibility remaining.  And, provided he can get himself squared away, he shouldn’t be lacking suitors; leading up to signing day last year, he held offers from, among myriad others, Arkansas, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

AIRBHG carves another notch in its Iowa bedpost

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In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, and following a brief sabbatical, the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God has decided to claim yet another victim.

According to multiple media outlets, running back Greg Garmon has decided to take his leave of Iowa and transfer out of the football program.  Garmon told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that “it wasn’t clicking for him at Iowa” as the reason behind his decision.

While the school has yet to officially confirm Garmon’s departure, he is the 37,418th Hawkeye running back in the past three years to leave the program… or be dismissed by the program… or land an arrest… or suffer a torn ACL.. or just generally feel AIRBHG’s velvety-smooth touch.

As a true freshman in 2012, Garmon finished third on the team in rushing with 122 yards.  He also caught eight passes for 57 yards, and was credited with one pot possession charge in June.

On paper, it’s rather significant loss as Garmon was a four-star member of Iowa’s 2012 recruiting class.  “[L]ooking everywhere” was the Pennsylvania native’s response to the Gazette‘s question of where he might be headed to continue his collegiate playing career.

AIRBHG smites Iowa’s backfield once more

Kirk Ferentz

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.