Iowa running back Henry Geil has entered the NCAA transfer portal

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa football team was expected to have at least six running backs on scholarship this season, but that number has now been cut to five with the departure of Henry Geil.

The redshirt freshman from Green Bay, Wis., announced on Wednesday that he has entered the NCAA transfer portal and will transfer from Iowa to a different school after the fall semester.

"I would like to thank the University of Iowa and their staff for the opportunities the Hawkeyes have brought me," Geil posted on social media. "I've decided to enter the transfer portal and will be transferring at the end of the semester."

Geil was redshirted as a true freshman last season after seeing action in two games against Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa. He had 15 rushing attempts for 37 yards.

Geil likely would've struggled to find playing time this season with at least five running backs ranked above him on the depth chart, including true freshmen Shadrick Byrd and Tyler Goodson.

Juniors Mekhi Sargent, Toren Young and Ivory Kelly-Martin are Iowa's top three running backs heading into the season followed by the two true freshmen.

Redshirt freshman Samson Evans came to Iowa as a running back and was listed as a running back in spring practice, but is now listed as a receiver in the 2019 Iowa media guide. 

Geil is the second Iowa player to enter the transfer portal in barely two weeks.

Linebacker Jayden McDonald entered the portal just a few days after the Kids Day practice on Aug. 10 and his since transferred to Troy in Alabama.