Key B1G veterans applying for medical redshirts
There’s been a lot of good news for Iowa and Michigan State these days.
And there could be more on the horizon.
Ed Davis and Drew Ott, both of whom suffered season-ending injuries, could be back for another year of leading their respective defenses. Their coaches announced on Tuesday that both will apply for medical redshirts to gain one more year of eligibility.
For Davis, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The Michigan State linebacker suffered a season-ending knee injury in August. The likelihood of him getting a sixth year of eligibility figures to be favorable, considering he never played a game in 2015. Still, Mark Dantonio said while he expects Davis back, the matter is up to the NCAA to grant a sixth year.
At the very least, it means Davis won’t try and test the NFL waters.
The same is true for Ott, who figures to be a worthy prospect to play on Sundays. The Hawkeye defensive end dealt with a wrist injury in the first part of the season, and suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Illinois.
Ott’s situation, however, isn’t quite as clear as Davis. The Trumbull, Neb. native did play in six games this season, and had a major role in Iowa’s big 10-6 win at Wisconsin. The NCAA could rule that Ott had too big of an impact on Iowa’s unbeaten start.
Still, Kirk Ferentz said, it’s worth exploring.
Ferentz: "We'd be crazy not to try it. I think there's a fair case to be heard." Talking about Drew Ott applying for medical red-shirt.
— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) November 24, 2015
Ott’s NFL combine would be in question with him still potentially rehabbing his torn ACL.
But if he is granted a medical redshirt, he would add a huge piece for a unit that figures to return a ton of talent.