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Iowa RB Coker transfers to Stony Brook

Former Iowa running back Marcus Coker has enrolled at Stony Brook in one of the bigger transfers of the FCS offseason.

As a sophomore last season, Coker rushed for 1,384 yards to finish second to Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball of Wisconsin in the Big Ten in rushing. He also scored 15 touchdowns on 281 carries.

Coker was investigated for an alleged sexual assault, but not charged, in Iowa City last fall, according to a (New York) Newsday report. He played in five games after the alleged incident, but was suspended from the Insight Bowl by the university for a violation of team rules.

As a transfer from the Bowl Subdivision to the FCS level, the 6-foot, 230- pound Coker is eligible immediately at Stony Brook. He will be a junior this fall.

Stony Brook announced Monday night that Coker will not be available for comment until spring practice in March, but released a statement from the resident of Beltsville, Md.: "I'm very grateful to Coach (Chuck) Priore and Stony Brook University for this opportunity. I've become aware of Stony Brook's growing football program and outstanding academics. I'm excited for spring practice and the chance to help my teammates win a fourth straight Big South championship."

Stony Brook is coming off its first outright Big South title and reached the second round of the FCS playoffs in a 9-4 season.

Coker, who rushed for 622 yards and scored three touchdowns as a freshman in 2010, will help the Seawolves replace senior running back Brock Jackolski, who rushed for 1,418 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

Coker will join returning running backs Miguel Maysonet, who rushed for 1,633 yards and 15 touchdowns, and JeVahn Cruz in what should be another dominant rushing attack.