Iowa Hawkeyes sophomore running back Derrick Mitchell Jr. has been suspended from the football program following a violation of the university’s code of conduct. Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported the suspension.
Morehouse also mentioned that the suspension was not related to a legal matter, so there is the silver lining in all of this.
Coach Kirk Ferentz offered more in addressing Mitchell’s suspension.
“Derrick has been suspended due to football program and student life code of conduct violation. This is not a legal issue. Derrick is working through the issues at hand in regards to being in good standing as a University of Iowa student. We will follow the established university protocol as we move forward.”
A former three-star recruit out of Vashon High School in Saint Louis, Mitchell appeared in one game for the Hawkeyes as a freshman last season, posting one tackle and no offensive stats. He did not dress for the team’s trip to Iowa State this past weekend and did not play in the season opener against Illinois State.
At this point, it’s looking like Iowa will rely on Jordan Canzeri to handle most of the touches in the running game.
Campus Sports will update Mitchell’s story if any new information becomes available.
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