Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/11/12

The Iowa Hawkeyes announced that sophomore running back Marcus Coker withdrew his application to enroll in spring semester.  He also asked for a release from his football scholarship and it was granted.

In other words, he is no longer part of the college football program.

The 6-0, 230 Coker had 82.9 percent of Iowa’s non-QB rush attempts and ran for 1,384 yards this season. Iowa already lost a running back to disciplinary reason this year, and lost two tailbacks to off-the-field issues last year at this time (Adam Robinson kicked off the team after marijuana bust, Jewel Hampton opted to transfer) so their depth there is already razor-thin.

In other words, over 2010-11, they’ve lost their top three tailbacks to reasons other than injury, and eligibility expiring. That’s got to be unprecedented and unheard of.

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