Bad news, Tarblooder fans: The Des Moines Register is reporting that former Glenville QB Arvell Nelson is, well, now a former Iowa Hawkeye.
Coach Kirk Ferentz dismissed Nelson and WR James Cleveland (Baytown, Texas; no connection to NEO) yesterday after their recent arrests on misdemeanor drug charges. During a search of the players’ room (Nelson and Cleveland were roommates), police found prescription painkillers and muscle relaxants — for which Cleveland has claimed ownership — and found marijuana on Nelson’s desk. Cleveland has already pled not guilty to the charges. Nelson has yet to plead.
Sadly, Nelson isn’t even the first NEOan whose weakness for weed cost him his pigskin privileges. Last month, West Virginia coach Bill Stewart booted DL James Ingram, a former star at Cleveland Heights, just three days after police found individually wrapped bags of weed in Ingram’s car. He’s facing felony distribution charges.
We’re not going to dwell on this. It’s just sad that two guys who’ve accomplished so much — in Nelson’s case, second-team all-state after throwing for 2,605 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior, and some snaps last year as a redshirt freshman — would gamble it all on something so stupid. Here’s hoping they learn from the experience, and earn a second chance in different uniforms.