Ferentz waits for Garmon case to clear up

Running back's prelim hearing is scheduled for July 18

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March 31, 2014 | 8:56 pm

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will wait for incoming freshman running back Greg Garmon's court case to clear before he takes disciplinary action, he said Tuesday.

Garmon, a 6-1, 195-pound running back, was hit with misdemeanor charges of simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a June 7 traffic stop in his hometown of Erie, Pa.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 18.

Garmon hasn't spoken to the media about the incident. He wrote on his Facebook page that he intended to be in Iowa City for summer workouts on June 17. He didn't arrive and remains in Erie.

Ferentz said he didn't know when Garmon would arrive.

"At the end of the day, I don't know enough," Ferentz said. "When I know really what a judge says the facts are, then I'll take action. There are two sides to every story. I'll wait to get that sifted out by someone who knows more than I do."

Ferentz did confirm that Garmon remains on the team.

Freshmen started showing up for summer workouts the first week of June. Not all freshman are in Iowa City. These workouts aren’t mandatory. Iowa’s fall camp, which is mandatory, begins the first week of August.

Barkley Hill, an incoming freshman from Cedar Falls, has reported for workouts. Iowa ended spring practice sophomore Damon Bullock No. 1 on the depth chart followed by sophomore De’Andre Johnson and junior college walk-on Andre Dawson.

Jordan Canzeri has continued his rehab from a torn ACL suffered on the first day of spring practice. In October, he would be six months out of surgery, but he will likely redshirt and come back as a healthy sophomore in ’13.

Iowa has a need for running backs. Pending disciplinary action, Garmon is definitely in that mix.

“I think we have to have the approach that both those guys [Garmon and Hill], if they can help us, will, just because of our numbers right now,” Ferentz said post-spring. “I’m pleased with the progress that Bullock and Johnson made during spring.  I think they improved pretty much each and every day and feel a lot better about what they’re doing now and where they’re at.

“But we’re going to need more than two guys, certainly, so if those two guys [Garmon and Hill] can help us, that would be a great thing.”

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