Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Tuesday morning that senior wideout Matt VandeBerg, the team’s leading receiver, suffered a foot injury in practice Monday and will be out indefinitely. The website HawkeyeReport.com first reported Monday evening that VandeBerg had broken his foot. The statement from the university did not mention the nature of the injury.
Through four games, VandeBerg had been quarterback C.J. Beathard’s favorite target. The South Dakota native has 19 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Hawkeyes in all those categories. Tight end George Kittle ranks second on the team in those categories, and no other Iowa wide receiver has more than seven catches or 97 receiving yards.
“It is unfortunate that Matt will miss some time due to his injury,” said Ferentz, in a statement released by the university. “We know that Matt will work extremely hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. We feel confident that some of our younger receivers will step up in Matt’s absence.”
If the injury proves to be season-ending, VandeBerg would likely not be eligible for a medical redshirt, although he could appeal for a waiver. Sophomore Ronald Nash is listed as VandeBerg’s backup on this week’s depth chart. Nash has played in two of Iowa’s four games this season, and has one reception for six yards.
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