Hiawatha Rutland will be remembered for his humor and the way he cared about his teammates, ISU coach Paul Rhoads said Wednesday, after the former Iowa State running back was found dead in Lake Erie on Monday at the age of 33.
Rutland made his debut with Iowa State in 2000, but burst onto the scene in 2002 when he rushed for a team-leading 614 yards while adding six touchdowns. He appeared in four games the next season before his knee went a direction it shouldn't and his season was ended after only 30 carries and 97 yards. His career was over after he had eclipsed 1,000 career all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns.
He became a teacher and made return visits to Ames. Sunday night, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rutland jumped from a private boat with his girlfriend to swim to shore before he began floundering. Authorities found his body Monday, and the Iowa State football family now mourns the loss of another former player.