Iowa freshman running back Barkley Hill was arrested Saturday morning for OWI, according to Marc Morehouse. Hill, who is a native of Denver, Iowa and graduate of Cedar Falls High School, was booked by the Blackhawk County Sheriff early Saturday morning. As of the time of this post, he is not listed as an inmate in the Blackhawk County Jail, though Morehouse says he was listed earlier this morning.
Hill was an Iowa State commit last winter, when a late Iowa push and a dearth of running backs on the existing depth chart persuaded him to change his selection to the Hawkeyes. He arrived on campus in August and almost immediately became the frontrunner for the starting halfback position. On the last scheduled play of an open scrimmage on August 18, Hill took an awkward hit from a blocker in the end zone and tore his ACL, ending his season and forcing a redshirt. Hill is expected to compete for the starting position next season, though this obviously complicates things.
Depending on circumstances, an OWI is usually a one- or two-game suspension. Given Hill's clean history, Kirk Ferentz will likely take similar action here.
Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God could not be reached for comment.
UPDATE: Kirk Ferentz has released a statement, indicating Hill will face a minimum one-game suspension.