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Upperclassmen offer advice for Garmon, freshmen

[ 1 ] June 13, 2012 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Upperclassmen on Iowa’s football team have one off-the-field bit of advice for the true freshmen starting to arrive on campus.

“We’re going to tell them to stay out of trouble,” said veteran defensive back Micah Hyde Wednesday. “We took a leadership trip to Cedar Rapids. We talked a lot.

“One of the things we said was that we have to hang out with each other.”

That will be the message to true freshman Greg Garmon, who was charged two weeks ago with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in his hometown of Erie, Pa.

Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz hasn’t spoken publically yet about the situation, and Garmon hasn’t even arrived on campus. According to his Facebook account this week, he said he would be in town by Sunday.

“If I had to talk to Greg today, I would tell him to make better decisions,” receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley said. “We all make mistakes. Everyone deserves a second chance. Take your slap on the wrist, and move on.”

Garmon is one of two true freshmen expected to contend for playing time at a position lacking in depth. The other is Barkley Hill of Cedar Falls.

“I feel I’ve got a good shot to play right away. That’s my hope,” Garmon told The Des Moines Register in the spring.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder had had 2,859 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns during his high school career.

Ferentz can suspend Garmon for a game or two if he wants, although the school’s student-athlete handbook says nothing about suspension for a first-offense misdemeanor.

“What happened in the past, is in the past,” linebacker Christian Kirksey said. “Like I tell all freshmen — you’re becoming a man when you get to college. You have to make good decisions.”

Kirksey will tell Garmon and the true freshmen something else:

“As an older guy, I have to tell all the freshmen that everybody is watching,” he said. “Everything they do is out in the open.”

And to the Iowa fans?

“Everybody makes mistakes,” Kirksey said. “Don’t hold grudges. Everyone deserves a second chance.”

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