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Iowa football: Akeel Lynch tweets about his future

[ 0 ] August 3, 2012 |

Akeel Lynch is staying true to his word.

After telling some that he was thinking about switching his Penn State commitment to Iowa, the freshman-to-be running back twittered Friday night that he’s sticking with the Nittany Lions.

Here’s the tweet:

Akeel Lynch@ALynch_22

I will be wearing #22 in Blue&White jersey come Sept. 1st #WeStillAre #PennState #Sorryforthewait


And so Iowa’s running back saga continues. . .

The top rung on the tailback depth chart is shared by Damon Bullock and Brad Rogers.

The Hawkeyes are so desperate at the position that Bullock is there despite just 20 career rushing yards.

Rogers, a junior, started his career as a running back. He moved to fullback as a redshirt freshman in 2010 to utilize his tenacious blocking skill.

Rogers, a 5-foot-10, 230-pounder who missed the first four games last season while recovering from heart ailment, has 14 career rushes for 83 yards.

True freshmen Greg Garmon and Barkley Hill are in a battle for playing time, too.
The position became up for grabs after last season’s top rusher, Marcus Coker, transferred to Stony Brook. Who would be the team’s starting rusher became more questionable when Jordan Canzeri, Coker’s heir, suffered a season-ending knee injury during spring practice.

That’s when Bullock became the new No. 1 and De’Andre Johnson was listed as the backup.

That changed, though, when coach Kirk Ferentz kicked Johnson off the team Monday after tangles with police on July 26 and July 28.

“We’ll look at every available running back on the roster,” Ferentz said. “Anybody who can help us will be given a chance to do so.”




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