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Iowa freshman RB arrested in Erie

Incoming freshman RB Greg Garmon was arrested in Pennsylvania on Thursday. (Erie Times-News staff photographer Jack Hanrahan)
Incoming freshman RB Greg Garmon was arrested in Pennsylvania on Thursday. (Erie Times-News staff photographer Jack Hanrahan)

Iowa freshman running back Greg Garmon faces misdemeanor charges of simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to multiple reports out of Erie, Pa.

WJET-TV first reported that Garmon, 19, and Delton Williams, 18, were charged on a summons when police pulled them over 6:35 p.m. last Friday. Garmon starred at McDowell High School in Erie before signing a national letter of intent to play football at Iowa. Williams is a star player at Cathedral Prep with at least 16 football scholarship offers, including Penn State, Michigan State and Nebraska.

The Erie Times-News reported that police found a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

[Here's a link to WJET's news report. The Erie Times-News also posted a report on its website Thursday evening.]

Iowa sports information director Steve Roe said Iowa wouldn't have a statement tonight.

Garmon was scheduled to report for summer conditioning drills in Iowa City this weekend. Now, his scholarship could be up in the air.

Wrestler Cayle Byers committed to Iowa after transferring from George Mason following an incident with police. He never enrolled at Iowa and ended up as an all-American at Oklahoma State. What happened between commitment and enrollment is unclear.

Last summer, Sioux City Heelan running back/wide receiver Michael Malloy was arrested in Nebraska and charged with with four offenses, including possession or use of drug paraphernalia. He eventually pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing a peace officer. In the process, he lost his scholarship to Iowa. He will walk on this fall.

Garmon, a 6-1, 200-pounder, is one of two incoming freshman running backs, a definite position of need for the Hawkeyes. Former Cedar Falls prep Barkley Hill reported for summer workouts last weekend.

Iowa also has sophomores Damon Bullock and De'Andre Johnson and junior walk-on Andre Dawson on the roster.

Garmon rushed for 2,859 yards and 27 TDs as a three-year starter at McDowell. He played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January, when he committed to the Hawkeyes on the CBS Sports Network.

Garmon's backstory is enthralling. When he was in sixth grade, his family's home burned down. He lived with a friend's family for a year. In eighth grade, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. After six months of treatment, doctors told him he was cancer-free.

Running back continues to be the "Land of the Lost" for the Hawkeyes. Marcus Coker left the UI in January in the wake of a sexual assault investigation in which charges were never filed. Also in January, freshman Mika'il McCall announced he was leaving Iowa after being suspended for undisclosed reasons.

In March, sophomore Jordan Canzeri, the potential No. 1 this fall, suffered a torn ACL and is likely out for the season.

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