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Reiff to NFL Draft, McCall leaving program

Posted on 03. Jan, 2012 by in Iowa Football

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By Brendan Stiles

HawkeyeDrive.com

A pair of Iowa offensive players have made decisions to leave the football program on Tuesday for differing reasons.

According to a report in the New York Times, Iowa junior offensive tackle Riley Reiff informed head coach Kirk Ferentz of his decision to forego his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.┬áReiff, who has been touted as a first-round pick by numerous draft gurus, said during Insight Bowl Media Day on Dec. 28 he had filed paperwork with the NFL Draft’s advisory board and would wait to hear on an evaluation from them before making his decision.

The 6-6, 300-pounder start every game at left tackle the past two seasons for the Hawkeyes after playing a prominent role on the offensive line as a redshirt freshman in 2009.

As for McCall, he told the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Tuesday of his intent to leave the team after being suspended the past two games for a violation of team rules. His suspension came down from Ferentz just three days after McCall had two carries against Purdue in what was his first game back from an ankle injury suffered in the Hawkeyes’ season opener against Tennessee Tech.

McCall finished the 2011 season with 65 yards rushing on 11 carries.

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