The Iowa wide receiver said he wondered who was next after Derrick Willies left the program.
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Tevaun Smith on Saturday explained his recent Facebook post that unsettled some Hawkeye fans was just a misinterpretation.
After linebacker Reggie Spearman was arrested for OWI on Oct. 25 and receiver Derrick Willies said he was transferring two days later, Smith posted, "I wonder who's next."
Fans understandably wondered if that meant something ominous, as in who would be next to leave the program.
"It didn't say who was going to be next to leave, it just said who was going to be next," Smith said after a strong performance in Iowa's 48-7 win over Northwestern. "We talk about next man in all the time. I was talking about who was going to be the next guy to step up. We had guys get in trouble and guys leave the team, so that was what I was talking about."
Smith caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock on Saturday, and finished the day with three catches for 59 yards. He's looking more and more like the Hawkeyes' top big-play threat – something that many hoped Willies would be.
But Willies told coach Kirk Ferentz on Monday he wanted to transfer. Ferentz said that Willies wanted to be closer to his father, who is having health issues.
Iowa backup quarterback C.J. Beathard said a lack of playing time was "maybe" a factor, as well.
Smith said Willies left for multiple reasons.
"It was a bunch of stuff," Smith said.
"It's sad to see a player leave. Especially a close friend.