This from Iowa RB Jewel Hampton’s Facebook page:
“Former Hawkeye!!! wats next???”
So, Hampton appears to be gone, which puts the toll at two running backs this weekend. UI associate AD Fred Mims said Friday night that sophomore running back Brandon Wegher asked for and received his release to transfer. The only stipulation is that he can’t transfer to Big Ten schools. It’s unclear if that includes Big Ten newbie Nebraska.
This might not mean anything. He might be foolin’ on the Facebook, but there it is.
As a true freshman, Hampton rushed for 463 yards and a then-freshman record seven TDs, which was broken by Wegher in ’09 with eight TDs. In July ’09, Hampton suffered a torn ACL and missed the season. Hampton was suspended for Iowa’s opener for a public intoxication arrest. He played in two games before tearing the ACL in his other knee and missing the rest of the season.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he was progressing toward a return next fall.
And then, there’s Sunday night’s Facebook update, which was the night after Iowa’s football banquet. The first “comment” on Hampton’s status update was from Iowa running back Adam Robinson. He wrote, “hmm…. first and for most… LIVE IT UP!” Robinson missed Iowa’s season finale after suffering his second concussion of the season.
Tune in for more tomorrow. Or not. Who knows. Wild weekend. Should’ve gone ice fishing.