Defensive backs Buford, Campbell leave Iowa
Depth at cornerback is kind of a question mark now
Neither Torrey Campbell nor Kevin Buford were on the spring two deeps. So, maybe that was the writing on the wall for the departure of the two defensive backs, which was announced Tuesday by the University of Iowa.
Campbell was a redshirt sophomore who played in one game last season. Buford was a sophomore. He played in nine games mostly on special teams.
Campbell and Buford were corners, so depth at that position takes a hit, probably moreso with Buford's departure than Campbell's. Buford jumped ahead of Campbell for playing time last fall.
The starters at CB this spring are senior B.J. Lowery and sophomore Jordan Lomax. Lowery is an established starter. He missed two games last season with an ankle injury. He is a fearless tackler and he is 5-11, 188. Lomax (5-10, 190) sat out last season after surgery for a torn labrum. Defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Phil Parker might want to have his No. 3 corner prepped.
Who's the No. 3?
Right now, probably sophomore Sean Draper (6-0, 180). He played as a true freshman last season and saw a lot of time in nickel and dime packages. He's listed No. 2 behind Lomax. Redshirt freshman Maurice Fleming (6-0, 188) is the No. 2 behind Lowery. Fleming is in his second full season as a defensive back. He made the switch from wide receiver after the season started last fall.
Walk-on Gavin Smith might be the next corner on the list along with fellow walk-on Dayo Ogundepo. Incoming freshman Desmond King was signed as a corner. Fellow incoming frosh Malik Rucker also could be a corner.
Campbell and Buford leaving also puts Iowa at 85 scholarships going into the 2013 season.
Here's the release from Iowa:
CAMPBELL, BUFORD DEPART IOWA FOOTBALL
IOWA CITY, IOWA - - University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday that sophomore defensive backs Torrey Campbell and Kevin Buford have left the football program.
Campbell has left the Hawkeye football squad to pursue fulltime participation with the Hawkeye track and field team. Buford has informed the Iowa coaching staff that he will transfer to another institution.
Buford (5-10, 180), was one of seven true freshmen to see action in 2012. He played in nine games, primarily on special teams, recording one solo tackle and four assists. Buford is a native of Canton, Mich.Campbell (5-11, 183) is a native of Naples, Fla. After a redshirt season in 2011, he played in one game a year ago, but had no statistics. Campbell competes in sprint and hurdle events for the UI track team.