Jonathan Parker will leave the Iowa football program and pursue opportunities as a graduate transfer, coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday.
The 5-foot-8 wide receiver from St. Louis is the second Hawkeye to announce plans to leave the program this month, following a decision by running back Derrick Mitchell to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere after earning his undergraduate degree in May.
Parker was among seven players in the Hawkeye program who graduated in December and participated in just one game last season after suffering an injury in preseason camp. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
“Jonathan has made contributions to our program throughout his career, which was unfortunately hampered by injury for most of the 2016 season,’’ Ferentz said in a statement.
Parker enrolled at Iowa as a running back, averaging 22.1 yards on 24 kickoff returns and rushing 16 times for 141 yards as a freshman in 2014 including a 60-yard touchdown against Indiana.
He caught two passes as a sophomore on Iowa’s Rose Bowl team a year ago and did not record any statistics during the recently-completed season.