Monday, August 15, 2011

Report: Adam Robinson Transfers to UMD

According to an Iowa newspaper report, former Iowa running back Adam Robinson is transferring to UMD.

Robinson led the Hawkeyes in rushing the last two years, but missed the team's Insight Bowl win over Missouri last year for disciplinary reasons.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced Monday that Robinson had been dismissed from the Hawkeyes one week after he was arrested for marijuana possession. The coach said he would have no further comment.

Robinson, 21, was charged with possession of marijuana on Dec. 27 in his hometown of Des Moines. The Iowa State Patrol said Robinson was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over for not having a front license plate. A trooper detected a marijuana odor from the vehicle, then found marijuana after a search.

Robinson was suspended for Iowa's win over Missouri in the Insight Bowl for failing to comply with team policies. His arrest came the night before the bowl game, leaving the Hawkeyes (8-5) with an unwanted distraction they overcame in beating the Tigers 27-24.

UMD has not made a habit out of taking on transfer students, to the point where the rosters of the Bulldogs and Delta State were constructed in very different ways ... something that was brought up as a potential storyline heading into the Division II title game last December.

Robinson may have chosen UMD because of some local ties. Robinson is from Des Moines, and UMD coach Bob Nielson is a Marion, Iowa, native. Nielson started his coaching career at Wartburg, where he worked his way up to head coach from 1991-1995 until he moved to UW-Eau Claire and eventually UMD.

There are two Iowans currently on the UMD roster, both offensive linemen.

Robinson will join the Bulldogs in 2012. Another Division I transfer, former West Virginia running back Zach Hulce, is on the roster for this season. Hulce's WVU career was plagued by injuries after he transferred there from a junior college.

The Bulldogs open the 2011 season Sept. 3 at Augustana

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