The Iowa Hawkeyes have suspended sophomore running back Marcus Coker for their Insight Bowl matchup against the No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners. Coker, who led the Hawkeyes in rushing this year with 1,384 yards to go along with 15 touchdowns, violated the team's code of conduct policy, according to head coach Kirk Ferentz, who wouldn't elaborate on the infraction beyond that.
From the AP:
"It is unfortunate that Marcus Coker will not be with the team for our bowl game. During the next 10 days, we will focus and continue to prepare the players that are able to participate," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement.
The Hawkeyes (7-5) already had their work cut out for them against the Sooners (9-3) who were the preseason's top-ranked team. Their game is predicated on controlling the ball and Coker was the lone back tasked with that responsibility. No other Hawkeye runner even had 100 yards rushing on the season.