A Decade of AIRBHG




For your edification: presented below is a timeline of AIRBHG's predations on the Iowa football program.  This is mostly from memory, so it may not be 100% accurate or complete.  If you remember otherwise, do share.


The complete mess after the jump...

2000 - Fred Russell injured, misses final nine games

2001 - Alamo bowl - Ladell Betts injured, sophomore backup Aaron Greving fills in admirably.

2002 - Aaron Greving leaves the team for whatever reason, Siaka Massaquoi kicked off

2002 - Fred Russell shoulder injury takes him out of the game in the second half of IA vs ISU, he misses games vs Utah St. and Wisconsin

2003 - Freshman standout Albert Young slated to get time spelling Fred Russell and Jermelle Lewis, but is redshirted after an injury in fall camp.

2003 - Jermelle Lewis misses first six games of the season after blowing out an ACL in the spring and requiring knee surgery.  Luckily Fred Russell took good care of himself over the winter and lasts the season.

2004 - Senior Jermelle Lewis, healthy again, enters the season backed up by RS frosh Albert Young, walk-on warrior Marcus Schnoor, and Nebraska transfer Marques Simmons.

2004 - first game of the year... backup Marcus Schnoor injured after six carries, sits out rest of season after knee surgery

2004 - Young blows out ACL in the first half of second game of the year (ISU) and is done for the season.

2004 - Lewis tears his second ACL on the seventh play of the game vs MSU.  Simmons gets most of the carries for the remainder of the game.

2004 - Marques Simmons starts vs OSU, sprains ankle in first quarter (will miss next three games).  Walk-on Sam Brownlee fills in. Damien Sims doffs his redshirt to help.

2004 - Brownlee and Sims finish out the season, with help vs Wisconsin and LSU from Simmons

2005 - co 1st team RB Simmons misses first 2 games due to injury, gimped the rest of the season.  Young carries the load backed up by Damien Sims (who started the season at cornerback) and Shonn Greene.  I don't recall any significant injuries or defections...

2006 - Albert Young injured during OSU game, scoring the first rushing touchdown allowed by OSU that year.  Does not see action in win vs Purdue and loss vs Indiana, saw action vs Michigan but wasn't 100% until N Ill.  Backup Shonn Greene injured vs. Indiana, misses next 3 games.  And then becomes an academic casualty, having to go to Kirkwood to shore up his grades.

2007 - Albert young one of a few bright spots on a dismal, disappointing 2007 iowa squad.  Damien Sims is a capable backup who only misses one game with an injury.  Backup Dana Brown is kicked off the team after shoplifting and domestic assault charges (far from the most egregious lawbreaker that year, sadly)

2008 - Iowa loses to Northwestern after a helmet-to-helmet leaves Shonn Greene with a concussion.  Greene comes back and wins Doak Walker.

2009 - Iowa set to have a good season, Jewel Hampton set to try to fill Shonn Greene's shoes.  Promptly blows out his ACL.  Iowa turns to freshman standout Jeff Brinson and walkon stalwart Paki O'meara to carry the load.

2009 - Jeff Brinson misses much of fall camp, and then final nine games due to injury, transfers after the season.

2009 - Paki trips and falls and Iowa almost loses to UNI.  Walk on Adam Robinson gets a shot at playtime, as does true frosh Brandon Wegher.  The season turns into a success, in no small part from the efforts of the two freshmen.

2010 - Jewel's back, Wegher and Robinson are back!  How will the staff split up the carries between the three sophomores, will there be enough to go around??

2010 - Jewel's other knee asplode, Wegher takes leave of absence for personal reasons.  Robinson last man standing, backed up at first by PAKI.  True frosh Marcus Coker, who had broken his collar bone during fall practice, works his way back into game shape and into the backup role.  Robinson gets a concussion, then another.

2010 - Robinson banned from bowling, Jewel transfers, Wegher finally officially does as well.  Freshman Coker will start the bowl game


Not too pretty, is she?

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