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Hawkeyes fear torn ACL for star DE Drew Ott

Sep 5, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Drew Ott (95) tackles Illinois State Redbirds quarterback Jake Kolbe (16) during the fourth quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 5, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Drew Ott (95) tackles Illinois State Redbirds quarterback Jake Kolbe (16) during the fourth quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa Hawkeyes are preparing for the worst with star defensive end Drew Ott.

It has been reported by many sources that the senior defensive end suffered a torn ACL while on attempting to rush a punt in the second half of Saturday's win over Illinois. The Hawkeyes however, have not officially said that and all Kirk Ferentz is saying right now is that Ott is out on Saturday:

"We have some guys that are hobbled right now and some guys who might not make it at kickoff," Ferentz told HawkeyeSports.com. "Drew Ott, we are not very optimistic there. We will know more when the doctors actually have a chance to examine him and get an MRI on Monday."

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It's a huge blow to the undefeated Hawkeyes to lose Ott. He was having a good 2015 season as he leads Iowa with 7.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Redshirt freshman Parker Hesse is the next man up for Ferentz' group at that position.

(h/t QC Times)

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