IOWA CITY — Freshman running back Mika’il McCall was suspended from the Iowa football team, coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday.
McCall, a 6-foot, 220-pound true freshman, carried twice and fumbled in Iowa’s win at Purdue last week. Ferentz indicated McCall was suspended for an incident that happened after McCall’s participation in the game.
“He violated team policy and he won’t be with us,” Ferentz said. “I think the fact that he’s not going this week, it’s probably safe to assume that, yeah, it was something I learned afterwards [the Purdue game].”
McCall is off and away from the team this week, Ferentz said. Ferentz indicated that it wasn’t a legal issue.
“Right now, it’s a violation of team rules and I’m just going to leave it at that,” he said.
Ferentz said a decision hasn’t been made on McCall’s presence on the team beyond this week.
McCall impressed in his first game as a Hawkeye, rushing nine times for 61 yards against Tennessee Tech. He suffered a broken ankle and missed the next nine games. He’s been healthy enough to play since Minnesota week on Oct. 29, but didn’t enter the lineup until last Saturday, when he fumbled on his second attempt.
With those carries, McCall’s chance at a medical hardship waiver, which would’ve allowed him to retain four years of eligibility, were extinguished. The former Thornridge (Ill.) prep will be a sophomore next season.
Senior Jason White and redshirt freshman De’Andre Johnson will back up sophomore Marcus Coker, who is the Big Ten’s No. 2 rusher with 1,297 yards and 14 TDs on 263 carries.
Ferentz said after Minnesota that he wanted to take some of the workload off Coker, whose carries are now No. 5 on Iowa’s single-season list, but needed a push to used McCall.