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Former Bulldog ends football career with Hawkeyes

August 17, 2012 - Andy Heintz
Due to injuries sustained before preseason practice, Iowa senior defensive lineman John Sawyer has decided not to continue his football career with the Hawkeyes, according to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.

The announcement was made Thursday by Ferentz and the University of Iowa Sports Information staff.

Sawhill joined the Hawkeyes earlier this summer after earning three letters as a member of the Drake University football team. The Jefferson, Iowa, native also earned a bachelor's degree at Drake and was a second-team all-conference member for the Bulldogs as a junior.

“After experiencing complications from a prior injury during preseason practice, John Sawhill has decided to forgo his remaining year of eligibility to begin work in the private sector,” Ferentz said.

Iowa will hold an open practice this Saturday in Kinnick Stadium, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Fans planning to attend should enter Kinnick Stadium at Gate E.

Regular season game-day search procedures will be in place. Fans will have access to only the west grandstands. There will be no autograph session following practice and concession stands will not be open.

Iowa opens the season Saturday, Sept. 1, meeting Northern Illinois at Chicago’s Soldier Field (2:35 p.m., ESPNU). Tickets for the opening game remain available through all Ticketmaster outlets.


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