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2 Iowa Starters Suspended For The Team's Opening Game

Iowa football players walk out onto the field.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Iowa football will be a bit shorthanded when they open the season against Northern Illinois. Two starters—Alaric Jackson and Cedrick Lattimore—have been suspended.

Iowa kicks its season off on September 1 at Kinnick Stadium. NIU comes in after an 8-5 season and a Quick Lane Bowl berth.

Iowa announced the two suspensions this afternoon:

Alaric Jackson and Cedrick Lattimore are both key players for Iowa football.

Jackson, a rising sophomore, was the starting left tackle for Iowa for 12 games last season. Lattimore, a junior, started half the year at defensive tackle.

Kirk Ferentz commented on the suspensions, saying that he's happy with how the players have responded since the decision. From The Gazette:

“As a coach one of the most important decisions is to hold student-athletes accountable,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz in a statement. “It is painful for the players and the team to impose a suspension, but we have high standards and there is an expectation all players abide by our rules.”

According to the release, the infractions aren’t legal matters. Violation of team policy or rules can include academic performance, attendance, timeliness, behavior, effort and engagement.

The issues surfaced in late spring and both players were given guidelines to meet and milestones to achieve over the past 10 weeks.

“Their response has been excellent, and I am very pleased with how they are meeting our expectations,” said Ferentz.

This will be the second-straight game that Jackson misses due to suspension. He also had to sit out last season's Pinstripe Bowl. Iowa defeated Boston College 27-20 at Yankee Stadium.