The father of Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri confirmed to Hawkeye Insider Thursday night that an MRI performed on his son revealed that he tore his ACL.
"Dr. (Ned) Amendola said it was the ACL but the good news is that the rest of the knee is solid," Brian Canzeri said. "He's going to have surgery next week and hopes to get back into practice in September."
Brian Canzeri said that he expects his son to ease into things when he's cleared to practice and will most likely redshirt for the 2012 season.
"There's not need to rush back," Brian said. "He just turned 19 in February. He'll get a chance to work on other parts of his game, like bulking up. He was up to 186 when he was weighed last week."
Amendola encouraged the Canzeris with positive feedback.
"He said that Jordan is the type of kid that's a hard worker and has a great attitude," Brian said. "He said that Jordan understands that he'll get out of it what he puts into the rehab. He said he can get back to doing a lot in five months, best case scenario."
Jordan Canzeri, a true sophomore-to-be, is listed as the Hawkeyes No. 1 running back on the most recent depth chart handed out on Wednesday. He's coming off an Insight Bowl where he led rushing attack with 58 yards on 22 carries and had six receptions for 28 yards including a nine-yard scoring catch in fourth quarter to cut Oklahoma's lead to 21-14.
"I think if he can get back to 100 percent, which it sounds like he will, he can be even better because he'll be stronger and will have had a chance to learn the new offense," Brian said.
Canzeri struggled with a hamstring injury last season but rushed 31 times for 114 yards and had six receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown. He also averaged 19.5 yards on four KO returns.
Canzeri stepped in for the suspended Marcus Coker as the starter in the Insight Bowl. Coker and his backup, Mika'il McCall. transferred out of the program during the winter, leaving Canzeri as the most experienced tailback.
"I think what he demonstrated in that Bowl game is I think he carried the ball 22 times in that Bowl game so he demonstrated a little bit of durability there for being not the biggest back out there," Iowa running backs coach Lester Erb said on Wednesday.
Fellow true-sophomore-to-be running back, Damon Bullock, was listed as the No. 2 running back on the most recent two-deeps.
"Damon is really demonstrating to be a versatile athlete," Erb said. "He has great vision, real good balance, can really catch the ball out of the backfield well, and he's a little bit faster than people give him credit for. He's kind of more of a slasher. He's not going to be a true downhill, punishing runner, but he does have some toughness and he has demonstrated he can lower his pads."
Redshirt Sophomore DeAndre Johnson got his feet wet last year. He rushed 18 times for 79 yards but missed the Insight Bowl with an injury.
Fullback Brad Rogers came to Iowa as a tailback. He could be used in some single-back sets, Erb said.
"Brad Rogers, the biggest thing he brings to our room is his great, great leadership and he's a guy that can do a lot of things that we would ask," Erb said.
Iowa will welcome two talented incoming freshman tailbacks this summer - Erie, PA's Greg Garmon and Barkley Hill of Cedar Falls.
"Greg is more of a slasher," Erb said. "But he shows he can get downhill and run tough. Very good speed.
"Then Barkley just had a tremendous high school career up there at Cedar Falls and we are excited to get him in here. Both guys have a passion for football and both guys are going to have a chance to come in here and compete."