Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg is returning for a fifth season but won’t be participating in spring practice before that happens.
VandeBerg, who suffered a season-ending broken foot during practice in September, was cleared for a medical waiver by the NCAA in December. But according to Hawkeye Report’s Blair Sanderson, VandeBerg has re-injured his foot and won’t be ready to go when Iowa opens spring practice on March 22.
Matt VandeBerg expected to miss spring practice after re-injuring foot https://t.co/txdOBQAItz
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) March 14, 2017
VandeBerg had 106 career receptions, 1,302 yards and 8 touchdowns before his injury, which he suffered two days after Iowa beat Rutgers. He picked up 19 catches for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns in four games in 2016 before breaking his foot.
“We were pretty sure and pretty confident but until you get it in writing you just don’t know,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told Landof10.com in December. “Not only a really good player but a really strong leader, too. Watching him emerge this past year, he has been one of our best leaders with the off-the-field stuff that we do. You not only lose a good player, but you lose a good guy.”
VandeBerg will still get a chance to finish his season the right way in 2017.
“He was still doing this part,” Ferentz said, “but it’s not the same when you’re not in the huddle and not there with your sleeves rolled up going in. At least it has a happy ending that way.”