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SO LONG, FAREWELL: RONALD NASH, MICK ELLIS TO LEAVE IOWA FOOTBALL TEAM

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There is now just one wide receiver on the Iowa roster with a career catch

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Iowa’s future at the wide receiver position just got a little more uncertain.

An unusual midweek daytime news dump (in the wake of Bob Stoops’ retirement news I suppose) announced that receiver Ronald Nash and kicker Mick Ellis are leaving the Iowa football team.

From the release:

University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz announced Wednesdaythe following departures from the Hawkeye roster.

Kicker Mick Ellis and receiver Ronald Nash will continue their education at the University of Iowa, but will no longer be members of the football program. Linebacker Angelo Garbutt will transfer and continue his career elsewhere.

Ellis, a native of Allen, Texas, and Nash, a Sioux City, Iowa, native who joined the program as a walk-on, are juniors in eligibility. Garbutt, a native of Carrollton, Texas, was a redshirt freshman in 2016.

So that makes just one, count em one receiver (Matt VandeBerg) on the Iowa roster who has ever caught a pass. Nash had 2 catches for 14 yards last year.

By my count, only six players on the roster have caught a pass: VandeBerg, running back Akrum Wadley, tight ends Noah Fant and Peter Pekar, and fullbacks Brady Ross and Austin Kelly. That... that isn’t good.

We already asked who’s going to play receiver for Iowa a month ago. That question is even more pressing now.