Iowa WR Jerminic Smith leaves program

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa's depleted receiving corps lost another player Friday, when the Hawkeyes announced that Jerminic Smith has left the program.

Smith caught 23 passes for 314 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2016 for Iowa. But Smith was suspended for spring workouts because of academics.

Coach Kirk Ferentz says ''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.''

Running back Akrum Wadley led all returning players with 36 catches, though senior star Matt VandeBerg is expected back after catching 19 passes in just four games.

Iowa opens next season on Sept. 2 at home against Wyoming.


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