Iowa football lands first-team junior-college All-America running back

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa football team has added a first-team junior college All-America running back to its roster.

Mekhi Sargent recently enrolled at Iowa and will have three seasons of eligibility. The news was first reported by HawkeyeReport.com.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Sargent rushed 1,449 yards and scored 14 touchdowns this past season as a freshman for Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

Iowa has to replace its top two running backs from last season with Akrum Wadley and James Butler both having used up their eligibility.

Butler played for Iowa as a graduate student after playing for three seasons at Nevada.

It is unclear if Sargent is currently on scholarship because Iowa is believed to be one over the 85 scholarship limit, although, that could have changed recently because the roster is fluid.

Iowa had three running backs on scholarship during spring practice - sophomores Toren Young and Ivory Kelly-Martin, and redshirt freshman Kyshaun Bryan - and will add incoming freshman Henry Giel this fall.

Running back Toks Akrinibade is also on scholarship, but missed all of last season and spring practice with an undisclosed health condition.

Sargent is a native of Key West, Fla., where he rushed for more than 4,300 yards and scored 47 touchdowns in three seasons at the high school level.