Iowa transfer cleared to play at UCF

Former Iowa running back Jeff Brinson is officially a member of the Central Florida football team.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the NCAA approved Brinson’s hardship waiver and he will be eligible to play for the Knights this season.

Brinson, a native of St. Petersburg, wanted to move closer to home after one of his family members suffered a severe illness. He just finished his redshirt freshman season with the Hawkeyes, but was hampered by a foot injury and carried the ball just one time for seven yards.

Brinson’s immediate eligibility could provide much needed experience for a UCF running back corps that will play the nonconference season without star running back Brynn Harvey. Harvey suffered a knee injury during spring practices and coach George O’Leary said that he would miss at least the first four games of the year.

During his four seasons at Northeast High in St. Petersburg, Brinson rushed for 4,925 yards and 67 touchdowns on 567 carries.