Martinez Syria, the running back whose redshirt was pulled for a touchdown against Toledo, has been dismissed from the Iowa State football program for a violation of team policies according to the Ames Tribune's Travis Hines.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Running back Martinez Syria has been dismissed from the Iowa State football program for a violation of team policies, the school announces.</p>— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) <a href="https://twitter.com/TravisHines21/status/611236124959244289">June 17, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Syria appeared in five games in 2014 and amassed 47 yards on 20 rushing attempts with one touchdown. Things appeared to be looking up for Syria after the Texas game, but a concussion suffered that week left him on the sidelines until the season ending loss to TCU a few weeks later.
Syria sat out spring practice this season due to a neck injury and was expected to compete with Tyler Brown and Mike Warren for carries in 2015. Syria's departure leaves an already thin running back group even thinner. Back ups outside of the big three include walk-ons Mitch Harger and Clifford Kwaw-Mensah and incoming freshmen Sheldon Croney and Josh Thomas.
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