Not all news is good news, even at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The University of Iowa announced early on Sunday that tight end Jake Duzey has re-injured his knee and will not be able to play in the Rose Bowl on January 1.
Duzey has played in the majority of games this year but in limited fashion. He suffered a significant injury during the Spring that left him well short of his ability. The senior tight end still found ways to make an impact throughout the year, whether it be through leadership or the share of snaps he was able to take during the year.
Despite the lack of direct in-game impact this season, he will be missed in Friday's game.
"We all feel badly for Jake and the fact that this injury will keep him from playing in the game," head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement released to the press. "Jake has worked extremely hard since his initial injury in the spring, and has contributed to the success of our season in a number of ways."
Offensive coordinator Greg Davis briefly shared the news of the injury as well during his press conference earlier today at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. But he did have some good news to deliver on a few other players that have been dinged in the last month.
"I know (sports information director Steve Roe) released that Jake Duzey got hurt yesterday in practice and will not be available for the bowl game. But we have some guys coming back that we haven't had the last couple of weeks. Ike Boettger practiced yesterday. Boone Myers will be fine. Jordan Canzeri got hurt in the championship game and was able to return to practice yesterday. All in all, we will be healthy for the bowl game."
The loss of Duzey was disappointing for him to not end his career the way that he wanted and his teammates feel for him and hope to play the game as hard as they knew he would.
"I know Jake has battled through a lot this year," fellow tight end Henry Krieger-Coble shared. "We all feel terrible for how it's kind of happened. We know if he was out there, he'd be going as hard as he could every single play and in every single practice. We all rally around that. With that in mind, if given the chance to go out there and play, he'd go as hard as he could every single time and we'll try to do the same."
"Unfortunately he got injured and that's just what happens in a game," offensive lineman Jordan Walsh pointed out. "It sucks. He's another senior guy I always hung out with and a really good friend. It's really unfortunate."