Cornerback Manny Rugamba leaves the Iowa football team

IOWA CITY, Iowa - There were signs that Manny Rugamba might be on the verge of leaving the Iowa football program, and now it's official.

The junior-to-be cornerback from Naperville, Ill., announced his decision to leave Iowa on Twitter on Monday, and just days after he had previously posted on Twitter, which Iowa players are prohibited from doing.

"I would like to first thank the whole Iowa coaching staff for the last two years of life lessons both on and off the field," Rugamba said. "The relationships I've made are some that will last a lifetime. With that being said, I have opened my recruitment and plan to transfer and find another home this fall."

 

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— Emmanuel Rugamba (@BooRadd_) July 9, 2018


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Rugamba combined to start eight games in two seasons at Iowa, but his playing time was cut considerably this past season. He eventually lost his starting position to true freshman Matt Hankins and the circumstances didn't change during spring practice.

Rugamba was one of 10 true freshmen to play for Iowa in 2016. He started three games as a true freshman and had a key interception that helped to secure an upset over Michigan at Kinnick Stadium.

He was then suspended for one game to start the 2017 season for violation of a team policy, and also struggled with injuries.

Rugamba finished his Iowa career with 55 total tackles, two interceptions, 10 passes defended and two recovered fumbles.

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