First Jordan Canzeri. Now Barkley Hill.
Maybe there is something to what some people call an Iowa tailback curse.
Four months after Canzeri, the expected starter, underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL, Hill will have the same procedure following an injury suffered on what likely would have been his final carry of last Saturday’s scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium.
“Barkley Hill’s knee injury during Saturday’s practice will require ACL reconstruction surgery later this week,” coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement released by the university athletic department Tuesday.
Ferentz also said freshman defensive back Ruben Lile will miss the season after undergoing ACL surgery a week ago.
The Hawkeyes have some depth at defensive back, but that’s not the case at tailback, where Damon Bullock is expected to start the Sept. 1 opener against Northern Illinois at 2:30 p.m. at Soldier Field in Chicago.
“We’ll be all right,” running backs coach Lester Erb said during media day. “Damon’s got some experience.”
The fall battle has been to see who backs up Bullock, who has 10 career rushes for 20 yards. Hill, of Cedar Falls, was in that mix until suffering the injury after a short scoring run.
Now the search may be over – Greg Garmon presumably will be listed No. 2 when the depth chart is released next week.
“We’ve done it before,” Erb said when asked about having a freshman in such a significant role. “If they demonstrate that they’re ready to play at this level, then we’re going to put them out there.
“Marcus Coker played as a true freshman. We had a couple guys last year play as true freshmen.”
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