Iowa has one less receiver on scholarship as of today as Jerminic Smith and the Hawkeyes have chosen to part ways, the school announced. Smith was ready to embark on his senior year. He started a couple games as a true freshman when emerging in the absence of Tevaun Smith who had suffered a knee injury. Smith was a full-time starter as a sophomore.
The offseason was one full of turbulence for the receiver. He was removed from all team activities by head coach Kirk Ferentz, citing academics as the issue. Specifically, classroom attendance was mentioned as a problem. Smith was missing for the rest of spring football because of it.
Fast forward to now, and Smith will be continuing his career elsewhere.
"We have mutually agreed at this point it is in everyone's best interest that Jerminic starts a new chapter in his collegiate career," Kirk Ferentz said in a statement issued to the press. "We wish him success moving forward."
This puts Iowa at the 87 scholarship number. The maximum allotment of scholarships used by all FBS programs is 85 and that is a number that has to be reached by the beginning of Fall camp. One would surmise that two more roster moves will have to be made between now and August.
The Hawkeyes are also now at only seven scholarship receivers. There's been a lot of attrition at the spot, and not a lot of productivity. Only three of the seven scholarship receivers have contributed at all so far for Iowa, and two of them very little. Only Matt VandeBerg, Adrian Falconer and Devonte Young return.
Four new players will arrive in the Fall in Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Brandon Smith, Max Cooper and Henry Marchese. One name that should not be forgotten is Nick Easley, who is a junior college transfer that walked on and was a full participant throughout spring football.