Ezra Miller Explains Why He Left Iowa Football, Enters Transfer Portal

May 21, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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In mid-January, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told the media that Ezra Miller no longer was with the team. The freshman offensive lineman was retiring from the game because of a back injury.

Thursday, Miller posted on social media that he’s ready to return to football and was entering the transfer portal. The Holstein (IA) Ridge View product revealed why he walked away from the Hawkeyes during the winter.

“To start off, I must commend Iowa, the coaching/medical staff and my teammates as being amazing mentors. I have nothing but the utmost praise for every single one of them,” he wrote.

“It was not due to back issues that I left (the) program. Iowa simply worked with me to make that public statement. I left on my own accord due to major depression and anxiety amplified by a series of events. A close friend and mentor passed away from cancer. God bless you Mr. (David) Kwikkel. Shortly after, my father was diagnosed with cancer and is now, thankfully, recovering. My brother was in a nasty car accident as well.

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“These events combined with the stress provided by school and football led to some very poor self treatment and mental-health struggles. After two long hiatuses and intense therapy, I believed the best solution was to leave football as I did not think I could be a good teammate with all this going on.

“Now I believe, along with my support system, that I am in a state where I can play ball again. And with saying that, I am entering the transfer portal.”

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Miller received a lot of attention during the recruiting process for dedication to his Iowa commitment, which he made as a sophomore. He unofficially visited campus before enrolling at the university more than any prospect ever. With that brought excitement for watching his career, which turned to disappointment following Ferentz’s announcement in January.

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The recruiting services liked Miller as a prospect. The 247 network ranked him as a four-star recruit, the No. 25 offensive tackle nationally in his class and the No. 2 player in Iowa for the cycle. Rivals saw him as a three-star and the No. 75 target as his position.

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