Iowa couldn’t avoid the B1G injury bug that’s been going around this spring.
The Hawkeyes announced that starting safety Brandon Snyder suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is out indefinitely.
Snyder will likely miss most of if not all of the 2017 season after injuring his knee during spring practice on Thursday night. He’ll undergo surgery next week.
The junior safety still has two years of eligibility remaining, and he could be a candidate for a redshirt in 2017.
Snyder was an integral returning piece of the Iowa defense. He emerged in the Hawkeye secondary in 2016 with 85 tackles, which was the third best on the team. The playmaking defensive back also had three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
To make matters worse for Iowa, the team also announced that veteran receiver Jerminic Smith was suspended from the team because of academics. He was suspended from football activities because he didn’t meet team standards for class attendance and study hours.
Smith had 23 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns last year. He’s expected to be one of Iowa’s go-to receivers in 2017.
Iowa’s spring game is set for Friday, April 21.