Ferentz confirms, Willies leaving Hawkeyes

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IOWA CITY - Freshman Wide Receiver Derrick Willies sent out an Instagram post Monday night saying he was leaving the Hawkeye football program, Tuesday Kirk Ferentz confirms that post.

“Derrick expressed his intentions to transfer from Iowa to be closer to his father, who is having some health related issues,” said Ferentz. “We wish Derrick well should he decide to leave Iowa City.”

Willies' father, Derrick Sr., lives in Arizona.

Willies is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound redshirt freshman who attended Rock Island (Illinois) High School.  He played in five games for Iowa this year, recording four receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown.

Sophomore Running Back Leshun Daniels will also miss the rest of the regular season with an injury.

“It is unfortunate that LeShun will miss the remainder of the Big Ten season,” said Ferentz. “We have full confidence that LeShun will work hard to return to full strength as soon as possible.”

The 6-foot, 230-pound Daniels was injured during practice last week. He is a native of Warren, Ohio, where he attended Harding High School. Daniels played in four games this season, rushing 14 times for 42 yards and one touchdown and having one pass reception for five yards.

The Hawkeyes host Northwestern on Saturday, kickoff 11am.