Adam Robinson, the leading rusher for Iowa’s football team this season, was dismissed from the program Monday.
Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz made the announcement in a release issued by the university.
It marked the end of a six-week slide for Robinson, a former Des Moines Lincoln star who rushed for 941 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
He did not start a Nov. 20 game against Ohio State because of what Ferentz called “academic indigestion,” and was suspended before the Hawkeyes traveled to the Dec.28 Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.
Ferentz said he hoped Robinson would use the time away to get things in order, but last week, the 21-year-old sophomore was cited for marijuana possession during a traffic stop by the Iowa State Patrol.
“Adam Robinson is a good guy,” Ferentz said during a Dec. 21 news conference. “He just has not been taking care of business the way I expect him to.”
Robinson is the third running back to exit the Iowa program since the regular season ended.
Brandon Wegher, a former Sioux City Heelan standout, left for personal reasons during summer workouts and was granted a release from his scholarship before Christmas.
Jewel Hampton, who suffered knee injuries each of the past two years, transferred a few days later.
All three were expected to contribute this fall, but none was still on the roster when Iowa beat Missouri 27-24 to cap an 8-5 season.
“We spent so much time in the offseason worrying about how it would shake out,” Ferentz said on Nov.27. “It’s a lot of wasted talk.”
Marcus Coker replaced Robinson at the Insight Bowl and ran for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
“We were really excited about him when we recruited him,” Ferentz said afterward. “I think he is probably a good example of the kind of player that we hope to get in our program.”
Robinson joined the Hawkeyes after receiving a scholarship offer from Northern Iowa.
He redshirted in 2008 and earned a starting spot during Iowa’s 11-2 run to the Orange Bowl in ’09.
His 834 rushing yards was the most ever by a Hawkeye freshman.
Robinson’s two-season total of 1,775 yards ranks 13th on the school’s all-time career list.
The 5-foot-9, 205-pound Robinson suffered two concussions this season.
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