The rough Iowa City summer continues, as starting left tackle Alaric Jackson and starting defensive tackle Cedrick Lattimore have been suspended for Iowa's season opener against NIU. The press release:
Alaric Jackson and Cedrick Lattimore suspended for season opener. pic.twitter.com/EPbTJQOWYy
— Hawkeye Nation (@HawkeyeNationHQ) August 8, 2018
Now, as the release indicated, this is not a legal matter, so it's nothing of a criminal nature. It's a violation of team policy or rules so it could be grades, attendance, timeliness or one of the other listed reasons. Interesting note is that Ferentz specified that the issues came up during the spring and goals were set for both players, which they made significant progress on. My question is "how bad was it if they were given goals, made a bunch of progress but still got suspended?" Oh well.
Looking at the bigger picture, Iowa is now down both offensive tackles for week one against Northern Illinois. In case you forgot, starting right tackle Tristian Wirfs was suspended for week one after picking up an OWI. Brady Reiff, a reserve defensive tackle that is expected to rotate heavily with Lattimore and Matt Nelson was also suspended for public intoxication (aka an incident with a police vehicle). So essentially, Iowa is down two defensive tackles against NIU.
This doesn't bode well for an Iowa offense that wants to get off to a fast start following the less than impressive performance in the spring game. It also strikes fear into our hearts, as NIU has Sutton Smith, a consensus All-American and MAC Defensive Player of the Year that led the nation in sacks (14) and tackles for loss (29.5) last season. In short: Mark Kallenberger and Dalton Ferguson better be ready, because NIU is one of the better pass rushing teams in the country.