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Iowa RB Barkley Hill injures knee in scrimmage

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

I've never been much of a proponent for human or animal sacrifice, but honestly, I'm starting to wonder if it's the only option Iowa has left.

The curse of AIRBHG struck the Hawkeyes yet again on Sunday, as running back Barkley Hill suffered a knee injury during a scrimmage. Hill had just scored a touchdown on an eight-yard run before colliding with fullback Jacob Reisen and cornerback Torrey Campbell.

Hill's left knee buckled and he was down on the ground for several minutes before having to be carted off the field since he couldn't put any weight on the leg.

“That I don't know,” offensive coordinator Greg Davis told the Cedar Rapids Gazette about the severity of Hill's injury. “I saw the same thing you all saw, you probably had a closer look than I did. Kirk told the team he's being examined now.”

Iowa is yet to give an official statement on the injury.

Assuming the worst, Hill's injury leaves Iowa with only a few choices heading into the season opener against Northern Illinois. As of now sophomore Damon Bullock would likely be the starter, backed up by true freshmen Greg Garmon and Michael Malloy.

Of course, the season doesn't start for two weeks, who knows what could happen before then?

I mean, since the end of last season Iowa has seen it's leading rusher in 2011, Marcus Coker, leave the program, had Jordan Canzeri tear his ACL during spring practice, saw Greg Garmon get arrested for marijuana possession, and finally saw De'Andre Johnson arrested twice in three days before being dismissed from the team.

And that's just since December of 2011. Who knows what could happen before September?

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