Iowa football team loses another wide receiver
The Iowa football team is down to one wide receiver who caught a pass last season.
Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz on Wednesday confirmed four roster changes — three departures and one freshman who won't enroll as scheduled — during recording of this week's Hawk Central radio show. The university officially announced the three departures a few hours later.
Perhaps the most notable name to leave the program was junior wideout Ronald Nash. He is leaving the team but remaining enrolled as a student. Nash, a Sioux City native, played in six games a year ago and caught two passes for 14 yards. He joined the program as a walk-on.
“Ronald and I just visited today actually, and he’s just going to go to school," Ferentz said. "He’s in good standing."
Ferentz also said that scholarship placekicker Mick Ellis is quitting football but staying in school and remains in good standing. Ellis, a junior from Texas, did not attempt a kick last season as freshman Keith Duncan won the primary job for the Hawkeyes.
Ferentz also confirmed Wednesday that linebacker Angelo Garbutt approached him recently about transferring and has left the program. Garbutt, who had three tackles last season as a redshirt freshman, had previously announced his decision on social media.
Lastly, signed defensive-tackle prospect Daviyon Nixon will not enroll in summer school at Iowa. Ferentz said Nixon could "potentially" join the team at some point.
“He still has academic work to do," Ferentz said.
Nash is the third wide receiver this offseason to leave the team with eligibility remaining. Jay Scheel (five catches, 56 yards) announced he was quitting the sport for health reasons. Jerminic Smith (23, 314) was suspended in the spring over academic issues and later departed the program.
That means only senior Matt VandeBerg — who missed the final nine games last season with a broken bone in his left foot — remains as Hawkeye wideouts who recorded statistics last fall. He had 19 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns, and is working his way back after a second fracture suffered in February.
Chad Leistikow contributed to this report.