Transfer season continues for the Iowa football program. Today we found out that Trey Creamer, a redshirt freshman defensive back, will be heading elsewhere:
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Creamer came to Iowa as part of the 2017 recruiting class as a 3* recruit out of Georgia. He had originally committed to Minnesota but reconsidered that decision after the Gophers fired then-head coach Tracy Claeys. After re-opening his commitment, Creamer chose Iowa over Rutgers and he reportedly had offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Louisville, Maryland, and Cincinnati during his recruitment process. So he certainly had some promise.
Unfortunately, it was hard not to notice that Creamer (as well as Josh Turner, a fellow defensive back who's also announced plans to transfer) had slipped down the depth chart at cornerback this season. Creamer got beat out by a true freshman (Julius Brents) on the depth chart for the season opener against Northern Illinois. When Iowa's starting cornerbacks, Matt Hankins and Michael Ojemudia, missed several weeks this season with injuries, Creamer was not one of the defensive backs who got the call to try and replace them -- instead, two true freshman (Brents and Riley Moss) got that nod instead. Hankins, Ojemudia, Brents, and Moss will all be back in 2019, as well as a pair of freshmen who redshirted this year (D.J. Johnson and Terry Roberts). It's not much of a surprise that a player like Creamer would look at that situation and decide that playing time was going to be awfully hard to come by.
Creamer redshirted in 2017 and recorded no official stats in 2018, though I think he did see some time on special teams as part of Iowa's kick coverage units. Again, with Hankins, Ojemudia, Brents, Moss, and quite possibly Johnson and Roberts all ahead of him, it's not a surprise to see that he'd rather seek his fortune elsewhere. We wish him the best of luck in that pursuit; hopefully he can find more playing time elsewhere.