Sad news to report today. Former Iowa running back Damon Bullock has unexpectedly passed away in a car accident. He was 25.
Bullock was with the Hawkeyes from 2011-14, primarily serving as Iowa’s No. 2 option behind Mark Weisman. Bullock rushed for 1,074 yards and 4 touchdowns and hauled in 71 passes for 616 yards and a score in his 35 games as a Hawkeye.
He came on Iowa’s scene hot in his first start in an Iowa uniform in 2012, when the Hawkeyes was playing Northern Illinois at Soldier Field in the season opener. He had 150 yards in that game, with 23 coming on the final play in a walk-off winner. That game represented a quarter of Iowa’s wins that year. It was the only loss Northern Illinois would sustain in the regular season, too, as the Huskies went on to play in the Orange Bowl that year.
It's forever known as "The Damon Bullock Game."— Mitch Fick (@MCFick) March 3, 2019
176 of Bullock's 1,733 career all-purpose yards for @HawkeyeFootball came against Northern Illinois in the 2012 season opener - along with the biggest TD he'd score at Iowa.
Here's @10NewsAarons's report from September 1, 2012. pic.twitter.com/2WIswiITVS
Perhaps what was most memorable about Bullock was his personality. Kirk Ferentz doesn’t allow his players to be on Twitter, so he and teammate Jordan Lomax worked around that and ran a pretty hilarious Vine account.
Bullock was always a great interview and provided personality to the Hawkeye beat. I covered the team as a reporter with the DI while he was with the team, and on media day in 2013 he snatched the sunglasses off my face mid-interview and mean mugged for the camera:
RIP Damon Bullock.
Man @D_Bull5 this hurt bad right now love you bro R.I.P ❤️— Jordan Lomax (@jordanlomax27) March 3, 2019
My heart is extremely heavy right now! I love you Damon Bullock! Rest in peace bro! ❤️— Christian Kirksey (@Kirko58) March 3, 2019
I'll never forget when @D_Bull5 came out and said his feet felt weird and come to find out he wearing two left cleats lol. Ima miss you bro. Love you.— Carl Davis (@Trenchwork94) March 4, 2019