Iowa's Brad Rogers calls it a career

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Senior Iowa fullback Brad Rogers' career with the Hawkeyes is over.

Coach Kirk Ferentz said Friday that Rogers and sophomore linebacker Jim Poggi will end their football careers because of "persistent injury issues."

Rogers, of Toledo, Ohio, played in 27 games over the past three seasons with Iowa. He had one more year of eligibility.

Poggi, a linebacker from Towson, Md., did not play the past two seasons because of injuries. He was one of 13 Iowa players who ended up hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, a rare muscle disorder that can cause kidney damage, two years ago after offseason workouts.

Also Friday, Iowa announced it has hired Minnesota Vikings assistant Chris White to coach running backs.

Coach Kirk Ferentz said that White, who will also coordinate the Hawkeyes' special teams, was the sixth and final hire to his staff to replace assistants who departed the program in the past 14 months. Known for staff stability during his 14 seasons at Iowa, Ferentz downplayed the turnover as routine for college football and said his new assistants would bring a diverse set of talents to a program seeking to rebound from its worst season in 12 years.

"We've been through a period of transition, but really enthused about the direction of things and really enthused about the group of guys that we have here," he said. "Now we turn our attention to our team."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.