Iowa will be without one of its top targets in the passing game for the Pinstripe Bowl. Hawkeyes wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette will not play against Boston College on Wednesday due to a soft-tissue injury he suffered during bowl prep, the team announced.
Iowa’s Ihmir Smith-Marsette out vs. Boston College in Pinstripe Bowl
WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette will not play in today's bowl game due to a soft tissue injury suffered in bowl preparation // #Hawkeyes
— IowaFBLive (@IowaFBLive) December 27, 2017
Smith-Marsette had 18 catches for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2017. The 6-foot-2 freshman scored both of his touchdowns against Iowa State in Week 2, and he finished the regular season with a combined 5 catches and 55 yards in the Hawkeyes’ final two regular season games, his highest catch total for any two-game span this season.
His absence in New York means one less target for quarterback Nathan Stanley, who averaged 194.4 yards per game this season.
The Hawkeyes, 2-point favorites against the Eagles, can finish 8-5 for the second consecutive season with a win in Yankee Stadium.