Iowa couldn't possibly make it through two bye weeks in one season without someone running afoul of the law, right? No, they could not. Sophomore linebacker Reggie Spearman was arrested by Iowa City Police late Friday night. Per The Gazette's Marc Morehouse:
At 12:01 Saturday morning, Iowa City Police pulled Spearman over on his moped for an expired registration and no safety flag, according to the complaint. Officers noted "watery, bloodshot eyes, smelled of ingested alcohol, and was wearing two bar wristbands."
Spearman admitted to consuming alcohol and offered "to just walk home." The complaint states that Spearman exhibited "measurable impairment" on field sobriety tests and failed a preliminary breath test with a BrAC of .087 percent. Spearman refused an evidentiary breath test.
Kirk Ferentz indicated via statement that Spearman would face "a minimum one game suspension, as well as other consequences within the program." Spearman will miss Iowa's game against Northwestern next Saturday; whether he misses additional games is TBD.
Spearman has started all seven games for Iowa at WLB this season and racked up 34 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, and 2 pass break-ups. In his absence, Josey Jewell will likely slide into the starting role at WLB. Jewell missed the first few games of the season, but has played a fair amount in recent weeks. He was also one of the defenders most praised by Iowa coaches in the offseason; it looks like he'll get a full opportunity to show what he can do now.
We'll update this story when/if more news becomes available.