Iowa cornerback Manny Rugamba announces he will transfer

Mark Emmert
Hawk Central


Iowa junior cornerback Manny Rugamba announced on social media Monday that he is planning to transfer.

Nov 11, 2017; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Kendric Pryor (3) catches a touchdown pass over Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Manny Rugamba (5) during the second quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Rugamba started eight games last season, but was listed as second on the team's depth chart at right cornerback this spring, behind junior Michael Ojemudia.

Rugamba thanked the Iowa coaching staff for the "life lessons both on and off the field." But, he said: "I have opened my recruitment and plan to transfer and find another home this fall."

Rugamba, a native of Naperville, Illinois, earned playing time as a true freshman two falls ago, notably intercepting a pass in Iowa's upset victory over Michigan.

He was suspended for last season's opening game against Wyoming, however, for an unspecified violation of team rules and didn't make a significant impact while Josh Jackson earned all-American honors opposite him.

By the end of the season, freshman Matt Hankins had won the starting job over Rugamba. Rugamba finished with 36 tackles and four passes broken up.