Unable to work his way up on a crowded depth chart at linebacker, sophomore Angelo Garbutt plans to transfer from the Iowa football program.
The Carrollton, Texas, native announced his intentions on Twitter on Sunday afternoon after informing coach Kirk Ferentz of his decision.
“The University of Iowa has been a place for me to learn, make lasting relationships and sharpen my skills under the leadership of coach Ferentz and his capable team of coaches,’’ Garbutt wrote. “After prayer, consulting with my family and coach Ferentz, I have made the decision to leave the University of Iowa.’’
In addition to thanking coaches, staff members and teammates, Garbutt went on to say that it was his decision to “pursue other options to finish my football career and education. I will undergo the recruiting process and will announce my decision.’’
The 6-foot-2, 233-pound native of Carrollton, Texas, was listed as the Hawkeyes’ third-team middle linebacker on the team’s most recent depth chart.
Playing behind senior Josey Jewell and junior Jack Hockaday at the position, Garbutt saw action in just three games last season as a redshirt freshman.
He recorded three solo tackles, two in a season-opening win over Miami (Ohio) and one in a 14-7 victory at Minnesota.
Garbutt initially committed to Oregon State during his high school career, but reopened his recruitment after Mike Riley left the Pac-12 program for Nebraska. He ultimately selected the Hawkeyes over offers from Missouri and Nebraska.
Originally one of four Texas preps who were part of Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class, with Garbutt’s decision to leave the Hawkeyes all four are no longer participating in football at Iowa.
Linebacker Justin Jinning transferred last summer, receiver Jerminic Smith’s departure from the program following academic issues was announced earlier this month and receiver Emmanuel Ogwu left last fall to concentrate on track and continues to compete in that sport for the Hawkeyes.