Iowa RB Coker leaves program

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 10, 2012
Suspended Iowa running back Marcus Coker is leaving the Hawkeyes after leading the team in rushing in 2011. The school said Tuesday that Coker has asked for and been granted a release from his scholarship. It didn't disclose any details or reasons. Coker rushed for 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore last season. He was suspended last month for the Insight Bowl after violating the student-athlete code of conduct for unspecified behavior. The move leaves Iowa thin at running back for 2012. Freshman Jordan Canzeri, who led the team with 58 yards rushing in a 31-14 loss to Oklahoma in the bowl game, would appear to be in line for the starting job.
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