Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Drew Ott plans on applying for an extra year of eligibility after suffering a torn ACL earlier this year as well as undergoing elbow surgery.
Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported the development on Twitter.
Iowa DE Drew Ott had knee & elbow surgery 3 weeks apart. Has appealed for extra year of eligibility. It's what he wants now, not NFL draft.
— Mike Hlas (@Hlas) November 24, 2015
Ott’s next step is applying for a medical hardship waiver, but appeared in just four games.
At this point, whether he gets a waiver is depending on percentage of games played which leaves the decision in the NCAA’s hands. In those four games this year, Ott posted 11 tackles (7.5 for a loss) and five sacks.
For such a short stretch, that’s amazing.
In his college career, Ott has 121 tackles (26 for a loss) with 15.5 sacks and five forced fumbles, plus an interception. He is a phenomenal athlete and amazing pass-rusher, and could definitely draw NFL consideration come draft season.
But Ott wants to stay in school for another season and get a full year under his belt which we can’t fault him for. Hopefully, the NCAA gives him his waiver so he can be NFL-ready on his terms.