Iowa State Football: JUCO Transfer Charged with OWI


Nov 23, 2012; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Deon Broomfield (26) tackles West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver (81) during the first half at Jack Trice Stadium. West Virginia defeated Iowa State 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

A JUCO transfer for the Iowa State football team was arrested for driving while intoxicated early Saturday morning, leaving the player’s status on the football team up in the air.

Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register reported on Monday that Drake Ferch, who transferred from Iowa Western Community College, was stopped by Ames police early Saturday for driving down on one of the city’s main roads incorrectly.

"Ferch, who sat out last season after transferring from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, was stopped by Ames police at 2:22 a.m., Saturday after police saw him driving the wrong way on Lincoln Way, according to the police department’s on-line police log."

There has been no comment from head coach Paul Rhoads, according to Peterson. Ferch wasn’t even listed on the spring depth chart earlier this year.

The defensive back made the first string on the All-Midwest Football Conference in his two years of play. He led the conference in 2011 with eight interceptions and had 44 total tackles in that sophomore season.

Ferch was redshirted last season.