Iowa Hawkeyes running back Derrick Mitchell has been reinstated back to the team according to head coach Kirk Ferentz, just less than 24 hours after the school sent out a release announcing his suspension.
The suspension for Mitchell was initially put in place due to a violation of the student life code of conduct according to the university. No timetable was given on the suspension and it was specifically addressed that it was not a legal issue.
Kirk Ferentz announced at his weekly press conference that after speaking with Mitchell about the item at hand, that he was allowed to return to the team. Mitchell was welcomed back to the team earlier this morning.
The return of Mitchell is a bit of a shot in the arm for the Hawkeyes, who have suddenly grown thin at the position. C.J. Hilliard transferred, Mitchell was suspended, and LeShun Daniels is dealing with an ankle injury that has his status for Saturday in jeopardy as well. With true freshman Eric Graham expected to redshirt this season, that left only Jordan Canzeri, Akrum Wadley, and Marcel Joly in the backfield.
Iowa's running game has been a strength of the team so far this year. They have pounded the ball against both Illinois State and Iowa State, totaling over 200 rushing yards against the Cyclones. Some of that has also been due to the legs of starting quarterback C.J. Beathard.
Mitchell is now available once again, and the Hawkeye staff hopes to have LeShun Daniels back as well, though his ability to get on the field Saturday is still a question mark at this time.