Report: Hawkeyes WR arrested for OWI hours after Iowa's loss to Northwestern
The start of the Iowa Hawkeyes football season, already a burgeoning disaster at 0-2 with leads squandered in each game, somehow managed to get worse early Sunday morning.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette, the team’s star wide receiver and one of the most exciting big-play talents in the Big Ten, was arrested in Iowa City and charged with Operating a motor vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI).
According to Iowa City police, Smith-Marsette was stopped about 1:30 a.m. driving his Chevrolet Camaro along Riverside Drive just blocks south of Kinnick Stadium after being clocked traveling 74 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone, per the report. He failed multiple field sobriety tests and hit .130 on a Datamaster test. Iowa’s legal driving limit is .08.
Smith-Marsette, a senior, was a critical offensive weapon on the Hawkeyes 2019 team that finished 10-3. He scored three touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in an MVP performance in the 2019 Holiday Bowl, a game in which the underdog Hawkeyes beat up on the USC Trojans in the course of a 49-24 victory.
Like the rest of Iowa’s offense under new starting quarterback Spencer Petras and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, Smith-Marsette is off to a very slow start. Over two games he has seven catches for 84 yards and no touchdowns.
The Hawkeyes are at home next Saturday to Michigan State, a team coming off a road upset victory over fierce in-state rival Michigan. There has been no word yet from head coach Kirk Ferentz on Smith-Marsette’s status the rest of the season.