CB Rugamba transferring from Iowa

Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Manny Rugamba started 11 games in his two seasons at the schoolPhoto Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

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Iowa cornerback Manny Rugamba is leaving the school and plans to transfer.

Rugamba, who will be entering his junior season, announced his decision via his Twitter account but offered no reason for his departure.

“I would like to first thank the whole Iowa Coaching staff for the last two years of life lessons both on and off the field,” wrote Rugamba. “The relationships that I’ve made are some that will last a lifetime. With that being said I have opened my recruitment and plan to transfer and find another home this fall.”

Rugamba started eight games as a sophomore in 2017 after sitting out the season opener due to a suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. He had 36 tackles and four passes defended.

However, the 6-foot, 185-pound Rugamba lost his starting job by season’s end and was listed as No. 2 on the depth chart following spring practice.

As a true freshman, Rugamba had two interceptions while making three starts. He finished with 19 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Rugamba will have to sit out the 2018 season if he transfers to another FBS program.