IOWA CITY, Ia. - The three-headed beast that Iowa fans expected to see at running back this season will be absent from the Insight Bowl later this month.
Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz announced on Monday that sophomore running back Jewel Hampton has decided to leave the university. His classmate, running back Adam Robinson, will not be part of the Hawkeye team that makes the trip to the Insight, Ferentz added.
"Jewel Hampton has decided to leave the team and plans to transfer to another school to complete his degree and finish his career," Ferentz said in a university release. "We wish him the best of success in the future."
The Hampton news came on the heels of word late last week that fellow running back Brandon Wegher would be leaving the school. They would not have played in the bowl anyway. Hampton tore his ACL during the season. Wegher left the team during training camp for personal reasons and never returned.
Hampton and Wegher were expected to compete with Robinson when camp started in August. Each of them set some type of freshman rushing record at the school.
Now, it looks like Robinson might be the only one ever to wear the black and gold again. And that's not a done deal.
“While Adam has been cleared medically, he will not be participating in the upcoming Insight Bowl game as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies," Ferentz said in the release. "Adam will have the option to rejoin the team when classes resume in January.”
Robinson missed two of the last four games after suffering a pair of concussions. Ferentz said earlier this month that he expected him to return from those injuries for the bowl.
True freshman Marcus Coker started the two games Robinson missed with injury. Coker also opened up the game against Ohio State after Ferentz announced Robinson would sit the first quarter due to "academic indigestion."
Versatile Brad Rogers likely will get more work at running back in addition to fullback, where he backs up Brett Morse. True freshman Anthony Hitchens should be a possibility as well after moving over from defensive back following Hampton's ACL tear in Week 3.
Senior Paki O'Meara is no longer fit to play running back after suffering multiple concussions. True freshman DeAndre Johnson is redshirting. It'd be tough to pull it off him now.
Robinson, a 5-9, 205-pound back from Des Moines, IA, led the team in rushing with 941 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.