While there has been a lot of news on the recruiting front about Iowa football adding new faces, the circle of life (and an 85-man roster limit) demands that there be some departures as well. Unsurprisingly, there have been a few of those over the last few weeks as the summer conditioning programs get going and the football season edges ever closer. Football is just 65 days aways, folks! First up, Jake Coons, who took to Twitter (never a good sign for an Iowa football player) to announce his plans to focus more on academics:
— Jake Coons (@jcoons12) June 27, 2018
Coons was a 3* tight end recruit in Iowa's 2017 recruiting class. He redshirted during the 2017 season and did not play. He appeared to be buried fairly deep on Iowa's tight end depth chart (he was assuredly behind the four names on the depth chart -- Noah Fant, T.J. Hockenson, Shaun Beyer, and Nate Wieting -- and also likely behind Drew Cook and Nate Vejvoda), so any playing time in 2018 likely would have come on special teams.
He does mention wanting to "create habits" to help him better "handle the demands of academics and football," suggesting that he's not closing the door on football just yet and that he would like to return to it in a year. So this might not be "goodbye," so much as "see you later." On the other hand, if he does return to football, it might not necessarily be at Iowa and announcing his decision via Twitter is not exactly a sign of someone staying within the Iowa football fold. Regardless, we wish him the best of luck in whatever comes next.
Meanwhile, a few weeks ago defensive back Cedric Boswell also announced his decision to depart the Iowa program:
You guys may have seen him tweet earlier this week, but Iowa football has confirmed that CB Cedric Boswell has left the team as a transfer.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) June 13, 2018
Boswell, a 2* member of Iowa's 2016 recruiting class, would have been a redshirt sophomore for the 2018 season. He redshirted in 2016 and played very sparingly last season -- his Hawkeye Sports profile says that he only saw action in the Illinois game (though he did record a pass break-up in that very limited action). Like Coons, he was buried on the depth chart. Juniors Manny Rugamba and Michael Ojemudia were already ahead of him and true freshman Matt Hankins sped past him into the rotation (and starting lineup) last year and redshirt freshman Trey Creamer cracked the two-deeps ahead of him this spring.
Iowa also has another redshirt freshman cornerback (Josh Turner), and signed a bevy of defensive backs in last year's recruiting class who figure to fight for immediate playing time this fall. Considering Boswell saw action in just one game last year and wasn't a special teams contributor, either, it certainly seems like playing time would have been hard to come by for Boswell. We wish him the best of luck at his next school.