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Two Iowa freshmen to miss entire 2012 season with knee injuries

August 21, 2012 - Andy Heintz
Another Iowa running back suffers a major setback and another true freshman defensive back will follow in 2012.

True freshmen Barkley Hill and Ruben Lile will both miss the 2012 football season with knee injuries, according to a University of Iowa press release today. Hill suffered his injury on the final play of the team's open practice Saturday. Hill scored an 8-yard TD on the play but was taken off the field later in a golf cart. Lile sustained his knee injury earlier this preseason.

“Barkley Hill’s knee injury during Saturday’s practice will require ACL reconstruction surgery later this week,” said Ferentz. “Ruben Lile suffered a similar injury earlier during camp and had successful surgery last week.”

Both players are first-year freshman and both will redshirt this season.

Hill is a native of Denver, Iowa, but had a standout high school career at Cedar Falls High School. Hill was fifth in the entire state and first in Class 4A in rushing yards with 2,493 and also had a Class 4A-high 40 touchdowns. He averaged 7.9 yards per carry and led Cedar Falls High School to the state semifinals. His yardage total was 500 more than any other back in Class 4A and his TD total was 15 more than second-place Trey Lewis of West Des Moines Valley.

Hill was in a heated battle for the starting running back spot with several other candidates but will have to wait for his turn in future seasons. This injury opens the door even wider for guys like freshman Greg Garmon and JUCO transfer Andre Dawson to secure the starting spot. Sophomore Damon Bullock is expected to start the season as the team's starter.

Lile comes to Iowa from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan. He is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive back.


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