Well, you didn’t think this year would be any different did you?
It seems like every year, something happens to a prominent running back at the University of Iowa. That appears to be the case again this year. And spring practice has just started.
Sophomore Jordan Canzeri, one of the three or four players fighting for the starting job this season, appears to have suffered a knee injury in practice today. The team did an MRI but no results have been released. And the University of Iowa has not released any information on the matter.
The news does look bleak for Canzeri though as it appears to be a torn ACL. Hawkeye Insider Rob Howe spoke to Canzeri’s father today and he said it indeed could be an ACL injury. That would sideline the sophomore tailback for the season.
Canzeri is hardly proven. But the way Iowa has lost running backs the past four or five seasons, fans have reason to worry about another tailback going down.
There are capable bodies besides Canzeri, and hopefully a few of them surface as the main cogs in Iowa’s rushing attack this season.
Of the players that are on campus, sophomores DeAndre Johnson and Damon Bullock appear to be the leaders in the clubhouse for the position. They will be featured plenty this season as will senior Jason White.
There are also some talented running backs coming in this fall, and that list includes four-star RB Greg Garmon and instate talents Barkley Hill of Cedar Falls and Michael Malloy of Sioux City Bishop Heelan.
Former Iowa high school running back Andre Dawson also comes to Iowa this season after spending time at Iowa Western Community College.
It appears the fans of Hawkeye Nation feel that Garmon is the best man for the job. Some felt that way before Canzeri went down with an apparent injury.
Competition will bring out the best in everyone this spring and even more this fall when the entire compliments of running backs hit campus. And the summer now becomes even more important for Iowa as it also breaks in a new offensive coordinator this season.
Prediction: My thought since Garmon signed his LOI was that he was the best man for the job. If he stays healthy and adjusts to the college speed, he will be the starting tailback this season. After that, I like Hill and Dawson more than the existing running backs on campus.