Iowa dismisses RB De'Andre Johnson from football team
The running back was cited by police twice in three days last week.
Iowa has announced the dismissal of running back De'Andre Johnson.
“I am disappointed that things didn’t work out better for De’Andre,” said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz in a release. “We wish him all the best moving forward.”
The decision does not come as a surprise considering that Johnson was cited by police twice during a three day span last week.
Johnson was originally cited for keeping a disorderly house early Thursday morning after hosting a party at his house. The noise from the party led to neighbors calling the police, and once the police arrived on the scene they hit Johnson with the citation.
Then Johnson was on the receiving end of a speeding and eluding charge on Saturday. Police tried to pull Johnson over on his motorcycle while he was doing 60 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone, but instead Johnson kept going on the bike before finally pulling into the driveway of a home he told officers belonged to a friend.
Kirk Ferentz initially decided to suspend Johnson from all team activities following the second incident, but it appears he felt that wasn't enough.
Iowa was already pretty thin at running back heading into the 2012 season, and this latest development won't help matters. Freshman running back Greg Garmon was charged with marijuana possession in June, and Jordan Canzeri -- Iowa's leading rusher in the Insight Bowl -- tore his ACL in spring practice and will miss the entire 2012 season.
That leaves Iowa with Damon Bullock and Barkley Hill as the likely top two backs on Iowa's depth chart heading into the season. Bullock has 10 career carries with the Hawkeyes, and Hill is an incoming freshman.
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