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Iowa's Clayborn not suspended, injury updates

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Iowa junior defensive end Adrian Clayborn has not been suspended and joined his teammates for the start of spring practice today.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz said Wednesday that Clayborn, recently charged with assault for allegedly punching a taxi driver Jan. 18 in Iowa City, remains in good standing with the team. Clayborn recorded 50 tackles and 2 sacks last fall, his first season as a starter, and is pegged to be one of the leaders of Iowa's new-look defensive line.

"Sometimes there are two sides to stories," Ferentz said. "I've heard two sides of it, and right now, for me to make any judgment ... would be irresponsible, so I'm not going to do it."

Some other notes from Ferentz's news conference:

  • Ferentz said four projected Hawkeyes starters -- linebacker A.J. Edds, tight end Tony Moeaki and safeties Brett Greenwood and Tyler Sash -- will be held out of contact during spring drills. The oft-injured Moeaki is battling a foot injury that could be a stress fracture. Reserve guard Andy Kuempel and reserve defensive lineman Cody Hundertmark also will be held out of contact.

"We have too many guys that are out with injuries right now," Ferentz said. "We had our share of postseason surgeries. That's a pretty good dent with those six guys. On the other side, it really gives an opportunity for some younger players to get exposure."

  • Iowa could get offensive tackle Dace Richardson, a heralded recruit who has battled injuries, back in the mix this spring. Ferentz hopes Richardson can compete for time on the offensive line, which has vacancies at right guard and center.

  • Junior Karl Klug and sophomore Mike Daniels are listed as the starting defensive tackles on Iowa's pre-spring depth chart, as the team tries to replace four-year starters Mitch King and Matt Kroul.

  • Sophomore Marvin McNutt has moved from quarterback to wide receiver, so the backup quarterback job is wide open. Redshirt freshmen James Vandenberg and John Wienke will compete there.

  • As expected, sophomore Jewel Hampton is listed as Iowa's starting running back, ahead of both Jeff Brinson and Paki O'Meara.