The University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team went 12-0 in the regular season, made it to the Rose Bowl, and suffered a miserable loss to Christian Mccaffrey… I mean Stanford.
They did this, despite losing their best defensive lineman Drew Ott in the 6th game. Ott has been a force to be reckoned with his whole college career, but he was all set up to be a monster this last season, adding to an already stingy defense and relentless offense.
Ott tore his ACL on special teams punt defense against Illinois, putting him on the bench for the rest of the season. It is a mystery why the best defensive player on the team was on the field at that time, but that’s beside the point.
Fans quickly put Ott in the back of the their minds, focusing on a team that rolled through their non-conference games and took down every rival, all the way to a possible spot in the 2nd playoff in college football history.
They eventually lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship, giving the Spartans the playoff spot but earning a rose bowl bid, for the first time since 1981. They were single handedly destroyed by Mccaffrey, who broke Barry Sanders’ all purpose yards record earlier that year.
This left Hawks fans in dismay, but they soon got some hopeful news, Drew Ott was filing for a medical redshirt, which would allow him to come back next year and replay his final year in college.
It’s been more than a few months since then, and the NCAA still hasn’t made a decision. Ott still doesn’t know whether he’ll be eligible for the NFL draft or staying in Iowa City. Apparently, this is a tough decision due to complications in who knows what, and they’ll have a decision soon. That has been the story for a few weeks now.
The longer the wait, the less likely it is Ott will be a Hawkeye next year. Nobody knows for sure what’s going to happen, including Ott, but the hope is dwindling. Ott recently made a twitter, which is banned for Hawkeye football players by coach Kirk Ferentz. He hasn’t tweeted much besides the hashtag #TheDecision, but it’s not a good sign. Nevertheless, fans will be waiting for that ESPN notification, as they have been since that miserable New Year’s Day.