There was some uncertainty about Akrum Wadley’s future.
The Iowa tailback never sought information from the NFL draft advisory committee, which led Kirk Ferentz to say that he was expecting him to come back for his senior year. After the Outback Bowl loss, Wadley sounded un sure of his intentions.
Now, it’s clear. Wadley will return to Iowa City in 2017.
“It was the right decision for me and my family,” Wadley said in a statement. “I met with my parents and we laid out the pros and cons, and came to the decision that it would be best for me to stay at Iowa for my senior year. The main three reasons are to earn my degree, to have another year to prepare physically, and to not end my collegiate career on a bad note; we have some unfinished business.
“I would like to thank coach Ferentz. We had good conversations and he let me know that he would be there either way, he would have my back. I also want to express my appreciation for all the support from my teammates, and the great and loyal Iowa fans.”
That’s big news for a Hawkeye offense that’s already losing 1,000-yard rusher LeShun Daniels, Jr. The return of Wadley behind an experienced Iowa offensive line figures to make for one of the B1G’s top rushing attacks in 2017.
Like Daniels, Wadley also joined the 1,000-yard club in 2016. The junior ran for 1,081 yards and 10 touchdowns and was key in Iowa’s huge wins against Michigan and Nebraska.
Wadley, who shared the workload each of his past two seasons, will be the Hawkeyes’ clear No. 1 back in 2017.