The University of Iowa released a statement on Saturday that defensive back Jack Koerner was in serious condition after a watercraft accident at the Lake of the Ozarks on Friday evening. Koerner was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Sunday afternoon, Koerner provided an update on his status. He released a statement on Twitter, thanking everyone for support and urging people to keep his friend, who was also injured in the accident, in their thoughts.

“I want to thank everyone who has reach out, shown support and relayed prayers,” Koerner wrote. “I’m going to be okay and look forward to making as fast a recovery as possible. Please everyone continue to say prayers and show support to my good friend Cole.”


Koerner was on campus and had been participating in voluntary workouts with teammates. He was with his father during the time of the accident.

“We can confirm Jack Koerner — a junior defensive back on the University of Iowa football team and member of the 2020 Leadership Group — was injured in a watercraft accident at Lake of the Ozarks on Friday, June 12 at approximately 6:30 p.m.,” Iowa said in a statement.

Koerner was the team’s second-leading tackler last season, piling up 81 stops in 13 games for the Hawkeyes. He also broke up five passes, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass during  Iowa’s 10-3 campaign.

A rising junior, Koerner has appeared in 25 career games with the Hawkeyes. He collected just two tackles as a freshman in 2018.