Junior linebacker Jacody Coleman is leaving the Iowa program, HawkeyeReport.com is reporting.
Coleman, a 6-3, 240-pound middle linebacker, considered leaving the team in the spring. He came back with the idea that he was going to redshirt this season. Apparently, that fell through. HR’s Tom Kakert is reporting that Coleman is headed to a school in the Houston area. Coleman is a native of Beaumont, Texas.
I asked coach Kirk Ferentz about Coleman’s status in May.
“He was working today and as far as I know, he’s all set to go,” Ferentz said. “Players are always reflective this time of year. It’s a common time of year for that.”
This probably activates Jeff Tarpinian, a junior fighting for time with Jeremiha Hunter at WLB, and Troy Johnson, a junior behind A.J. Edds at OLB.
Coleman went into the 2008 season in a tight battle with Angerer for the MLB spot. Angerer won it in about week 3 and went on to become all-Big Ten. Coleman, a member of the leadership group last season, finished the season with 28 tackles.
Eight players have now left the Iowa program since the beginning of the 2008 season — Coleman, Anthony Schiavone, Diauntae Morrow, Lance Tillison, Dezman Moses, Shane Prater, Khalif Staten and DeMarco Paine. Paine, who’s at Iowa Central, is the only player who intends to return to Iowa.
EDIT: From Jim (see below), I neglected Jake Christensen and Jason Semmes. So, that’s 10 since the beginning of last season.