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UPDATE: Hawkeye receiver Willies leaving team

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  Hawkeye wide receiver Derrick Willies is no longer a member of the football team. That's according to a post the speedy red shirt freshman made on his Instagram account on Monday.

Willies posted the following, "It's been real Iowa, things are just moving on to a different chapter in the story."

Willies, who became a fan favorite early on after a big performance in Iowa's spring game, has four receptions for 71 yards this season, including one touchdown against Ball State early in the season.

Coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Willies' transfer from the program in a press release Tuesday morning.

“Derrick expressed his intentions to transfer from Iowa to be closer to his father, who is having some health related issues,” Ferentz said in a written statement. “We wish Derrick well should he decide to leave Iowa City.”

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