IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa is down to its fourth-string tailback.
Hawkeyes senior running back Jermelle Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with an injured anterior cruciate ligament, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced Wednesday.
Lewis, Iowa's leading rusher with 200 yards and a touchdown,
suffered the injury early in Iowa's 38-16 victory over Michigan
State on Saturday. He rushed three times for 49 yards, including a
47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
He will have surgery to repair the knee.
"Losing Jermelle is extremely disappointing for all of us," Ferentz said. "He hasn't had a lot of good luck during his college career and our first and foremost thoughts are concerning his welfare. He's worked awfully hard to get back from previous injuries and it's hard to see him suffer this setback."
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Lewis joins Marcus Schnoor and Albert Young
on the sidelines. Schnoor and Young also had season-ending
surgery on their knees.
Marques Simmons, listed fourth on the depth chart, took over for
Lewis on Saturday and ran for 47 yards and two touchdowns on 13
carries in the victory over the Spartans.
Lewis hasn't lived up to his reputation since arriving at Iowa.
He has rushed for 1,150 yards in his career, including 709 in
2002, after being ranked as the top running back on the East
Coast coming out of Bloomfield (Conn.) High School. He scored 54
touchdowns in his prep career and rushed for nearly 4,000 yards
in his last two seasons there.
Lewis was suspended for the season opener this year against Kent
State for violating unspecified team rules and missed time in
both 2002 and 2003 with knee problems.