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DREW OTT TEARS ACL, OUT FOR SEASON

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The injury occurred on an Illinois punt in the third quarter.

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The worst fears are true: Drew Ott is done for the season after tearing his ACL, according to Marc Morehouse. Ott suffered the non-contact knee injury on punt block duty in the second half. Ott's leg buckled as he tried to get around a blocker as he pushed upfield; there was nothing untoward or unavoidable about the play.

The injury will cost Ott the remainder of his career as an Iowa Hawkeye.

It's an especially sour ending after Ott's effort to come back so quickly from a dislocated elbow suffered in Week 2 against Iowa State. Ott, a senior, was expected to lead Iowa's front seven in this pivotal year and had just started to round back into form before the injury occurred.

Redshirt freshman Parker Hesse has served as Ott's backup all season and replaced Ott on Saturday; the starting spot is likely his when Monday's depth chart comes out.

In fitting Ott fashion, by the way, he walked off the field with that torn ACL.