Former Iowa running back Jewel Hampton has been named the Missouri Valley Conference newcomer of the year as a junior.
The 5-foot-9, 210-pound Hampton now plays at Southern Illinois and is the fourth player in school history to win the award, which was announced Wednesday.
Hampton led the conference with 17 rushing touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,121 yards, averaged 4.9 yards per carry and had six games with at least 100 rushing yards for a team that finished 4-7.
Hampton transferred to Southern Illinois this past summer after playing his freshman season at Iowa in 2008 and a shortened sophomore season in 2010.
The Indianapolis native suffered two knee injuries while at Iowa, including one against Arizona in the third game of the 2010 season that ended his sophomore campaign. He also missed the 2009 season while recovering from his first knee injury.
Hampton as a true freshman played back-up to Shonn Greene during Greene’s rise to all-America status in 2008. Hampton complemented Greene with 463 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
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