An Iowa football player dusted off his Twitter account this past weekend. You know what that means.
IOWAAAAAA................— Humble kid frm Haiti (@__haitianprince) February 4, 2018
The intentions of Marcel Joly’s ominous Tweet were confirmed by Hawkeye Report, which wrote today that Joly finished his undergraduate degree at Iowa and will look to finish his playing career elsewhere as a graduate transfer.
Marcel Joly (@__haitianprince) told us this week that he will play elsewhere as a graduate transfer in 2018 after earning his degree from the University of Iowa this past semester. https://t.co/UuFRL4clFp— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) February 6, 2018
Joly came in as a three-star cornerback recruit in the class of 2014 but never saw any time on defense. He switched over to running back right away and even saw some game action in 2015 as a redshirt freshman, getting a carry against Illinois State and North Texas.
Those two games are where his stats end, though. Joly never carried the ball again in 2015. Or 2016. Or 2017. The door seemed to be open for Joly to make an impact this past season with the departure of LeShun Daniels, but the addition of James Butler as a transfer and the emergence of Toren Young and Ivory Kelly-Martin slammed that door shut pretty quickly in Iowa’s backfield.
Joly also suffered a season-ending injury in the middle of this year. The writing was probably on the wall for him.
By our count, Iowa is still over the limit with 87 scholarships with the departure of Joly. It will be interesting to see what happens as this most recent recruiting class rounds out tomorrow.
Best of luck to Mr. Joly; we hope you find success at your next stop. Once a Hawk always a Hawk.