According to Tom Kakert of Hawkeye Report, Iowa star wide receiver Matt VandeBerg broke his foot in practice on Monday.
Kakert says Iowa head football coach Kirk Frentz will address the injury and the severity behind it on Tuesday during his press conference.
Hearing tonight that Matt VandeBerg broke his foot today in practice. Needless to say, not good news for the Hawkeyes. Ferentz update Tues.
— Tom Kakert (@HawkeyeReport) September 27, 2016
VandeBerg is the Hawkeyes’ leading receiver and any prolonged absence of him will severely diminish the Hawkeyes’ passing attack.
VandeBerg, a 6’1”, 185-pound receiver from Brandon, South Dakota is enjoying a fine senior season. He leads the team in receptions (19) receiving yards (284 yards, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten conference) and receiving touchdowns (three) through the Hawkeyes’ first four games.
For his career, VandeBerg has recorded 98 receptions for 1,243 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
VandeBerg also captured the nation’s attention when he proposed to his girlfriend after Iowa’s win over Iowa State a couple of weeks ago.
VandeBerg has drawn the praise of his teammates and coaches alike for his desire to get better. Hawkeyes’ quarterback C.J. Beathard is one teammate who has taken an immense liking to VandeBerg.
More from Luke Meredith of the Associated Press:
“He’s one of the hardest workers on the team. He does it day in, day out,” Beathard said. “Everyone on the team has a ton of respect for him. He’s just a smart player. We know he’s going to be where he needs to be at the right time. And he’s a guy that, if he makes a mistake, nobody has to say anything to him because he’s going to beat himself up over that more than anybody else will.”
Iowa is now 3-1 on the season after beating Rutgers on Saturday in its Big Ten opener. The Hawkeyes will play Northwestern at home this Saturday.