Iowa’s depth at wide receiver took another hit.
The Hawkeyes announced on Friday that receiver Jerminic Smith is no longer with the team.
“We have mutually agreed that at this point it is in everyone’s best interest that Jerminic starts a new chapter in his collegiate career,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a release. “We wish him success moving forward.”
Smith was held out of spring practice because of academic issues. The Hawkeyes didn’t confirm what the exact reason was for his departure. If Smith transfers to another school, he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.
Smith started in nine games as a sophomore in 2016. He caught 23 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, which was the most of any returning Iowa receiver.
The Hawkeyes will get No. 1 receiver Matt VandeBerg back after he was granted a medical redshirt for his injury-shortened 2016 season. Still, the Hawkeyes will have to find replacements for Smith, leading 2016 receiver Riley McCarron, and tight end George Kittle.
Tailback Akrum Wadley is Iowa’s leading returning receiver from 2016.