Three Iowa Hawkeyes players were arrested within 24 hours of each other by Iowa City police. Starting cornerback Micah Hyde, backup tight end Ray Hamilton, and reserve offensive lineman Drew Clark were charged after separate incidents between 2am Friday and 1am on Saturday. All three arrests occurred just blocks apart during the Hawkeyes bye week.
Hyde, a senior, was released on bond from Johnson County Jail following being charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts. Hyde reportedly led police on a foot chase early Saturday morning. He led the Big 10 in pass breakups in 2011 and was third on the team with 33 tackles this season. Hyde is also the Hawkeyes punt returner averaging 6.8 yards a return in 2012. He is currently still listed as the starter for this weekend’s game against the Michigan State Spartans.
Hamilton, a sophomore, was cited just ten minutes before Hyde about five blocks away. He was ticketed for violating an Iowa ordinance which prohibits individuals under the age of 21 from being in a bar after 10pm. Hamilton has been getting snaps in the tight end rotation this year and has one reception for 20 yards.
Clark, a junior, was arrested for public intoxication when police responded to call from a residential neighbourhood. He was listed as a backup lineman after spring practices, but fell out of the two-deep depth chart during fall training camp.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said he was disappointed with what transpired and the team will follow the school’s student-athlete code of conduct to take any additional action internally.
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