Up front, I don’t know a whole lot.
I was able to confirm that Jewel Hampton suffered a knee injury Friday. I’m assuming non-contact drills because the team won’t be in pads until Aug. 7 (or thereabouts). I was told the MRI is happening today, so the severity is unknown. Most of the coaching staff is on vacation this week, so I’m not sure when or if there will be official comment. The Golden Harvest event is July 25. Most coaches will be back for that.
The running back depth chart probably looks like this right now:
Paki O’Meara/Jeff Brinson
Here’s “Four downs with Iowa’s running backs,” which ran before spring practice.
Here’s a story from just before signing day, focusing on the skill players the state of Iowa produced in this year’s recruiting class, including Wegher.
Here’s an analysis story on the running backs coming out of the Outback Bowl.
Here’s Gazette columnist Mike Hlas’ piece after Hampton tore it up against Maine in his Hawkeye debut. Hlas caught up with members of Hampton’s family.
“He loves Iowa,” said Hampton’s aunt, Angie Watkins. “Since last fall, that’s all I’ve heard.”
“He’s kind of shy, laid-back,” his mother added. That doesn’t fully match up with Hampton’s comment to The Gazette last winter when he said he was hoping for 180 carries as a freshman, or 15 a game.
“It’s just in my heart and that’s what I’m determined to do,” Hampton said then. “I think I have what it takes.”
EDIT: From JMWinn (see below) on Jewel’s Facebook: “Q’s about my knee stop em cause “IDEK BOUT MY KNEE YET!!” (“IDEK” is “I don’t even know.”)