Last week, Robinson was cited by a state trooper for the possession of marijuana. He has a scheduled court appearance on Wednesday, Jan. 5.
Robinson’s recent troubles come after some previous indiscretions. He did not play in the Nov. 20 Ohio State game due to academic ineligibility and on Dec. 14, Ferentz announced at a press conference that Robinson would not participate in the Insight Bowl ”as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies.”
At that time, Ferentz added that Robinson would have the option to rejoin the team in January.
This season, Robinson was Iowa’s leading rusher with 941 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2009, his 834 rushing yards was the most ever by a Hawkeye freshman.
The Hawkeyes face a depleted running back corp. When the 2010 season started, Robinson and sophomore Jewel Hampton were the team’s lead running backs. Hampton, after missing last season due to a knee injury, again got injured in September and did not see any playing time in 2010.
He requested a transfer in December.
In 2009, Iowa had a third running back sophomore, Brandon Wegher. During his freshman season, Wegher rushed for 641 yards and set an Iowa freshman-record eight touchdowns. Wegher left the team during this summer’s workouts for undisclosed reasons and also in December, he requested to be released from his scholarship.
The University granted the release with the stipulation that Wegher cannot transfer to another Big Ten program and play football.
Well Hawkeye Nation, Iowa still has freshman running back Marcus Coker. He stepped in for Robinson at the Insight Bowl and had a bowl-record setting game with 219 yards and two touchdowns.
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Written by Debbie Baratz