IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A disappointing start to the 2016 season for the Hawkeyes just became worse.
Iowa's leading receiver, Matt VandeBerg, could be out for the rest of the season following a serious foot injury, head coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Tuesday. VandeBerg reportedly suffered a broken foot during practice Monday and will be out indefinitely.
"(VandeBerg) is going to be out for a significant period of time here, and we’ll just have to deal with that, and certainly disappointed for him," Ferentz said Tuesday. "He’s worked extremely hard, playing really well. Anytime there’s an injury, it affects that individual the most, and that’s first and foremost in our minds, but as we all know, it’s part of football, so it provides opportunity for other players, and they’re going to have to step up and get the job done for us, and I’m sure they will."
The news is a devastating blow to an Iowa offense which has been sputtering as of late. The team was only able to muster two touchdowns in a close 14-7 win over Rutgers last Saturday after only posting three scores in a devastating 23-21 loss at home to North Dakota State the week before.
VandeBerg leads Iowa with 19 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns. He would not be eligible for a medical redshirt.
Iowa (3-1, 1-0) takes on Northwestern (1-3, 0-1) at home Saturday at 11 a.m.