Friday, June 8, 2012
More running back problems for Iowa
By Brian Bennett
Is the Iowa running back curse striking again?
Incoming freshman Greg Garmon, who was scheduled to report this weekend and compete for immediate playing time this fall, was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession on June 1 in his hometown of Erie, Pa., according to multiple media reports.
It remains unclear what this will do to Garmon's status with the Hawkeyes. Marc Morehouse points out in the Cedar Rapids-Gazette a wrestler named Cayle Byers never made it to Iowa after an incident with police, while running back/wide receiver Michael Malloy lost his scholarship and will walk-on after being arrested in Nebraska on several charges, including drug paraphernalia. But every case is different, so it's too soon to jump to conclusions about Garmon's future.
What we do know is that Iowa can't afford to lose another running back, after Marcus Coker transferred, Mika'il McCall left the team and Jordan Canzeri tore his ACL. Garmon is one of two freshmen tailbacks coming in; the other, Barkley Hill, recently reported to campus. Damon Bullock and De’Andre Johnson are the other options on scholarship.
Garmon rushed for 2,859 yards and 27 touchdowns in high school and is one of the jewels of Iowa's 2012 recruiting class.
We'll wait to see whether this legal trouble will affect his fate with the Hawkeyes, as we also wonder again whether the Iowa running back curse is ever going to end.