To say the Iowa Hawkeyes have bad luck with running backs would be an understatement. The Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God (AIRBHG) has shown Kirk Ferentz’s backfield no mercy in recent years with seemingly countless running backs leaving the program, getting thrown off the team or suffering catastrophic injury. We can now add another name to the list of victims as junior running back Andre Dawson announced he will be leaving the team.
This may be the most amicable split, however, for any Iowa running back from the sport of football. Dawson apparently decided that his heart was no longer in the sport and talked at length with Ferentz about what his next steps would be. In true AIRBHG fashion, that next step takes him away from the Iowa football team.
Dawson came to Iowa by way of Iowa Western Community College and will leave before accumulating any stats. He becomes the eighth running back to leave or be dismissed from the football team in the last three years, but this instance leaves no hard feelings on either side. Dawson says that this decision was a “mutual agreement” and he is simply doing what’s best for him, stressing that his departure is in no way a reflection of the Iowa program.
While Dawson focuses his energies post-football on acting, writing and traveling abroad, Iowa must refocus its energies into finding some depth at running back. They have a number of other options returning, so the loss of Dawson shouldn’t be too difficult a blow to overcome. On the other hand, when you have an AIRBHG working against you, every warm body counts.