On Tuesday afternoon, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed a former Hawkeyes football player passed away.
Former Iowa running back Derrick Mitchell Jr. died from injuries he sustained in a car accident. He was just 24 years old.
Ferentz addressed Mitchell’s passing at his weekly press conference.
“On a somber note, I think all of us are very sorry to hear about Derrick Mitchell,” Ferentz said. “He was involved in an accident last Friday morning, and we knew that was a tough circumstance. Just a very tough thing, and way, way too young for something like that to happen. Feelings and condolences are certainly with his entire family.”
Here’s video of the press conference.
Former Iowa RB Derrick Mitchell Jr. died from injuries after a car accident late last week.
Kirk Ferentz offered his condolences during today's press conference.
"It's just a very tough thing. Way, way too young for something like that to happen." pic.twitter.com/9aEM7KUg8N
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) October 8, 2019
Mitchell redshirted in 2013, but racked up 339 total yards and three touchdowns over the next three seasons. He played a significant part in the 2015 Big Ten championship game when he led the team in rushing.
He was eventually beat out of a consistent role on the offense and decided to pursue his opportunities as a graduate transfer. After looking like he was bound for Texas Tech, Mitchell instead chose FCS school Incarnate Word where he was the Cardinals’ leading rusher in 2017 with 601 yards and five touchdowns.
Our thoughts are with the Mitchell family and Hawkeyes community.