Iowa Hawkeyes' Defensive Back David Cato Opts To Transfer

B.Senior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2010

The off-season in college football is always full of transfer news, and that's true even in Iowa.

Earlier this week, running back Josh Brown let it be known that he planned to transfer away from Iowa. This didn't come as much of a shock, considering the depth problem the Hawkeyes now have at the position.

Brown redshirted last season and was expected to face fierce competition for playing time this coming season. Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher are both returning starters, and Jewell Hampton looks to return strong from injury—not to mention a few powerful running backs coming in with the freshman class. 

Brown has not mentioned his school of choice yet, but the message boards indicate he is transferring to a school closer to his home in St. Petersburg, FL.

News of safety David Cato's decision to transfer did shock some Hawkeye fans, however.

The sophomore played in 12 games last season, but was backup to All-Big Ten safety Tyler Sash. Rumors circulated towards the end of the season about Cato wanting more playing time. Sash, a pass-intercepting ninja, has two years of eligibility left.

Cato, a 5'11", 205-pounder from Arlington, TX, also indicated he will transfer to a school closer to home. No school has yet been named, but the recent coaching change at Texas Tech might offer a potential scholarship opportunity for a player like Cato.

Not long ago, Cato was involved in a two-vehicle collision on his way home to Texas over the holidays, and was treated for minor injuries. This might have also played a factor in his decision. 

The loss of Cato hurts the depth of Iowa's defensive backfield—especially considering the early departure of Amari Spievey—who recently declared for the NFL draft.

Just to be on the safe side, can someone put Tyler Sash in a protective bubble until the 2010 season starts?