Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park (10) looks to throw past Texas defenders Naashon Hughes (40) and Malik Jefferson (46) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)More
Two months after taking a medical leave from Iowa State, quarterback Jacob Park says he’s pursuing other options for the final year of his college football career.
Park started the first four games of the season for the Cyclones but did not travel with the team for its Oct. 7 game at Oklahoma. The night before the game, the program announced Park was dealing with “personal medical concerns.” In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Park said he failed a drug test for marijuana and would have been suspended for the OU game anyway, but his time away from the team was due to more than just the failed test.
Park said the leave stemmed from problems off the field. He said the challenge of balancing school, football, fatherhood and living with the mother of his child became overwhelming.