Yesterday we found out Drew Ott was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week:
Ott earned PotW honors after mauling the Ball State offensive line to the tune of 13 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and one forced fumble (on the final defensive play of the game). That was good news about our favorite hay bale-tossing, crazy-bearded defensive terrormonster.
This is decidedly less good news, per KCJJ:
Hawkeye defensive end Drew Ott, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, was involved in a motorized scooter accident Monday morning.
Iowa City Police were called to the corner of West Benton Street and Greenwood Drive just before 7:30am after a car hit a motorized scooter. The driver of the scooter, identified to KCJJ as Ott, was reported by bystanders to be "down". One witness said Ott showed concussion-like symptoms and appeared to have hurt his knee.
Ott was not wearing a helmet.
Well, shit. There are no specific details about Ott's condition, but "concussion-like symptoms" and a (edit: possible) knee injury certainly don't sound good. We'll wait for further details and update this post as news becomes available. Hopefully Ott is alright.
Ferentz is certainly going to have things to talk about at his presser today.
Also: wear a goddamn helmet.
EDIT: And further confirmation, courtesy Marc Morehouse and The Gazette:
IOWA CITY - Iowa defensive end Drew Ott was injured in a scooter accident early Monday morning, Iowa City Police Department documents confirm.
The police report states that the subject was "down," which means Ott wasn't up and moving around. The 6-4, 270-pound junior was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with "non-life threatening" injuries.
Ott was driving his scooter westbound on Benton Street Monday morning. A driver was eastbound on Greenwood drive when they turned north in front of Ott. The driver was cited for failure to yield on a left turn, according to Iowa City Police.
But maybe we don't need to worry so much about this one:
Hearing Ott is, in fact, rubbing dirt on it and should be OK. Seriously, doesn't sound serious.— marcmorehouse (@marcmorehouse) September 9, 2014
Ott probably IS actually rubbing dirt on it, actually. That's cutting-edge medicine for people from Nebraska.