John Kenny was man without a home in Hawkeye program

Chad Leistikow

John Kenny's decision to transfer makes sense for him and the Iowa football program.

Kenny became a man without a home this spring. Recruited as a linebacker, the Carmel, Ind., native gamely became the Hawkeyes' starting fullback last season as a redshirt freshman after Adam Cox and Macon Plewa were sidelined by injuries.

With Cox and Plewa back to full health, Iowa coaches switched Kenny back to linebacker halfway through spring practice — where he also found himself buried on the depth chart.

Iowa's three starting linebackers are sophomores — Bo Bower, Josey Jewell and Ben Niemann. So, there wasn't much visible upward movement for Kenny, who took snaps with the third-team linebackers at the April 25 spring game.'s Rob Howe reported that Kenny would leave Iowa. "Nothing happened (at Iowa)," Kenny told the website. "I just feel like it's best for me to explore other options."

The University of Iowa said Wednesday afternoon it didn't have any roster changes to announce.

Kenny's departure would open up a second scholarship in three days out of the recruiting Class of 2013. On Monday, the UI announced that defensive back Malik Rucker had been granted a transfer request.

Kenny was primarily a blocker last fall. He caught four passes for 27 yards and did not have a rushing attempt.

Kenny (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) could transfer to a Football Championship Series (formerly Division I-AA) school and play immediately with three years of eligibility.