At yesterday's press conference, Kirk Ferentz announced the departure of Nick Wilson and Emmanuel Ogwo from the Iowa Football team. One was expected. The other, not so much.
Wilson, a redshirt freshman linebacker, originally committed to Western Illinois out of Dowling High School in West Des Moines. He didn't have any FBS offers, so when Reese Morgan and Iowa came knocking he jumped at the opportunity to play for the Hawkeyes. He redshirted his freshman season and was listed as the backup outside linebacker this spring but he was held out of fall camp, supposedly due to grades.
When Wilson picked up an OWI in the early morning hours of August 20th, we knew it was only a matter of time he'd receive the axe and sure enough, he was released from the program on August 23rd. As indicated in Positional Awareness, Iowa has an abundance of youth at the linebacker position so the loss of Wilson will have little to no effect on the depth chart.
In happier departure news, wide receiver Emmanuel Ogwo is leaving football to focus on track. Ogwo was a three star recruit out of Mesquite, Texas, who chose Iowa over multiple mid-major programs, including Rutgers, and redshirted his freshman season. At 6'0, 175, Ogwo was an undersized but speedy wide receiver prospect that had a background in running track. Turns out, he wants to actually run track.
Two-year letterman at wide receiver, as he did not compete in football as a junior while concentrating on track . . . recorded 35 receptions for 501 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, with four rushing attempts for 42 yards . . . as return specialist had eight kickoff returns for 240 yards . . . participated in sprint events for prep track team . . . placed fourth in Class 6A UIL State Track meet in the 400-meter dash as a junior . . . member of 400, 800 and 1,600-meter relay teams that qualified for area competition as a junior . . . was Junior Olympic USATF national 400-meter champion in 2012.
As you can see, football was sort of supplemental to Ogwo's track career.
The effect of Ogwo's departure is TBD. He was getting second team reps at a position that is anything but clear for Iowa. Besides VandeBerg and J. Smith, wide receiver is pretty wide open. But that isn't terribly important. Ogwo doing what's best for him is.
Best of luck, Emmanuel. Go win some more medals.