Monday morning Univ. of Iowa offensive lineman Josh Koeppel was hit head-on by a truck while riding a moped through an Iowa City intersection. Video of the collision was captured by a police cruiser’s dashboard camera.
Incredibly, Koeppel not only survived the crash, but walked away relatively unscathed.
Tuesday night, the QUAD CITY TIMES updated Koeppel’s condition:
The good news is senior offensive lineman Josh Koeppel escaped serious injury in a mishap Monday morning. He was treated and released from the hospital with a variety of bumps, bruises and cuts but nothing more.
Koeppel had been battling for the starting center job with Ferentz’s son, James, but the coach said Tuesday at his weekly news conference that he doubts Koeppel will be in uniform Saturday when the Hawkeyes open the season against Eastern Illinois.
Ferentz told the media that he’d like to ban Iowa players from riding mopeds or scooters, but that such a move wouldn’t be realistic. Hawkeye QB Ricky Stanzi estimated that 80 percent of the team has a moped or scooter.
“I’ve been worried about this for 11 years … on a couple of fronts. No. 1, very few of them wear helmets, and the other thing is they’re just not very protected.”
After seeing the Koeppel video, if Iowa football players weren’t wearing helmets before, they’re much more likely to wear them now.
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