Last weekend, Iowa safety Nico Law was arrested for disorderly conduct. Wednesday, he announced his plans to transfer from Iowa.
On his Facebook account, Law wrote, “My football career is going into a new direction at another university. I want to thank all the fans, friends, family and Iowa football staff for their support over the years. You will truly be missed. Iowa will always be my 2nd home. Hawk for life!!!”
A few hours later, the University of Iowa acknowledged Law’s departure. “Nico has decided to transfer from the University of Iowa and complete his athletic and academic careers elsewhere,” said Ferentz. “We wish him the best with his decision.”
Law also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined $195. The 6-1, 205-pounder from Clinton, Md., does have a redshirt year available and will have one year of eligibility.
Law leaves Iowa with 44 career tackles, two tackles for loss and one pass defensed. After starting four games in ‘12, Law played primarily special teams last season and had five tackles.
So, where does this leave Iowa at safety?
Senior John Lowdermilk, who beat out Law last August, will return to his spot at strong safety. Junior Jordan Lomax moved from cornerback to free safety this spring and is the likely starter.
Defensive coordinator Phil Parker talked this spring about Lomax’s move. A certain comfort level was reached during the 15 spring practices.
“We’re going to get our best guys on the field so we kind of made that adjustment,” Parker said. “Who is going to control the secondary? That’s why we did it. The free safety has to be the commander. He’s got to be a vocal guy and he’s got to be like an assistant coach on the field, and that’s what I expect out of him.”
Depth is a question mark. Right now, sophomore Anthony Gair (6-2, 200) is the only other safety listed on the spring depth chart. Walk-ons David Tann and Kevin Ward are also on the roster. There are a ton of possibilities. HawkeyeReport.com reported this week that incoming freshman Jalen Embry will play safety when he reports for August camp. Incoming freshman Miles Taylor also is slotted for a safety spot.
In April, Parker said he didn’t see a true freshman coming in and making an impact, a la Desmond King, who locked down a corner spot as a true freshman last season. Parker added, though, that circumstances certainly could change. And now they have.
“It would be hard for somebody to come in right now,” Parker said. “I think we have four corners who are really battling to figure out who is going to be the 1s and 2s, and so I think it would be hard to break that line up.
“But, by saying that, you just never know. They have a long ways to go. They’re still not out of high school yet, so I don’t count on anybody really coming in to help and even as a safety. We’ve got Miles coming in at strong safety and it’s going to be hard. I think it will be a challenge for somebody to come in the back end to start, but you just never know with what the injuries are.”
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