CHICAGO — Sophomore defensive back Jordan Lomax suffered a torn labrum in the last week and will likely miss the season, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Thursday at Big Ten media days.
The original thought with Lomax was to try to nurse it through the season, Ferentz said, but the injury dictated surgery, which happened Monday.
Lomax (5-10, 190) had a shot at being Iowa’s third cornerback behind starters Micah Hyde and B.J. Lowery. Now, that probably goes to senior Greg Castillo.
Linebacker Dakota Getz has continued to struggle with a knee injury and likely won’t be ready for fall camp, which begins next Friday. Getz, a junior, suffered a dislocated kneecap on the opening kickoff last season at Iowa State.
“He’s had a tough road back,” Ferentz said. “I don’t anticipate him being ready to go in camp by any stretch. We’ll just see where that all goes.”
Lomax played last season as a true freshman. If he sits out this season, he can take a redshirt and return as a sophomore in 2013.
– Incoming freshman running back Greg Garmon will face discipline for his June arrest for possessing drug paraphernalia, but he won’t be suspended, Ferentz said.
Garmon, who is expected to compete for carries at an extremely inexperienced position for the Hawkeyes, will not face suspension. The arrest counts as a first offense in Iowa’s student-athlete code of conduct. A first offense doesn’t call for a suspension.
“Hopefully, it’ll be a lesson learned for him,” Ferentz said. “Hopefully, he’ll move forward and do a great job and have a good career.”
Iowa running back is the mystery spot in the Big Ten. Since the 2011 regular season ended, Iowa has lost Marcus Coker (transfer) and Jordan Canzeri (torn ACL). Sophomores Damon Bullock and De’Andre Johnson are currently Nos. 1 and 2 on the depth chart. Garmon and fellow incoming freshman Barkley Hill will be in the mix. Junior walk-on Andre Dawson also has a chance to contribute.
“It depends on the back,” Ferentz said. “I think everyone has different strengths. Bullock is probably a little better in the passing game than the running game. Johnson is a little bit the other way. We’ll see how it shakes out here in August.”
– Defensive lineman John Sawhill walked on the Iowa football team in May, Ferentz said. Sawhill is a 6-3, 277-pound defensive lineman who had 21 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 22 starts at Drake. He was slated to be a co-captain with the Bulldogs this season.
“John contacted us in May,” Ferentz said. “He was looking at a couple of different options and chose to come to our place and has been working out with our guys this summer.
“I don’t know a lot about John other than meeting him. He seems like a great young man and obviously has done a great job academically at Drake. We’re excited about having him join our football team.”
Sawhill is a senior.
– Ferentz and Iowa athletics director Gary Barta declined comment on Des Moines Lincoln linebacker Trevon Young, who was arrested in Des Moines on Wednesday for third-degree burglary and interference with official acts.
Young committed to Iowa in June. NCAA rules prohibit schools from commenting on players who haven’t signed a letter of intent with that school.
Barta was asked if Iowa has a policy on unsigned recruits who run into legal trouble.
“I’m not going to speak about people I can’t speak about,” Barta said, “but let’s take Greg Garmon. He signed a letter of intent with us and once they do that, they are officially a part of the Iowa program. We start then providing them with information on the student-athlete-code of conduct, so if anything were to occur before they arrive on campus is subject to the student-athlete code of conduct.”
Barta called Garmon’s situation a “first strike.”
– Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference is leaning toward sticking with an eight-game league schedule.
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