The University of Iowa has made it official that wideout Matt VandeBerg has been granted an extra season. VandeBerg suffered a broken ankle that cost him the rest of the season on September 26. He lead the team in receptions, yards, and receiving touchdowns before the injury.
It will be the fifth year for senior Matt VandeBerg. The native of Brandon Valley, South Dakota did not redshirt his freshman year.
According to the school, the waiver request was submitted by the University of Iowa and approved by the Big Ten Conference. The league has the authority to approve any and all medical hardship waiver requests that meet the NCAA's requirements.
Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa football program are of course thrilled with the news.
"We are excited to receive the official news on Matt returning for the 2017 season," head coach Kirk Ferentz released in a statement. "Matt is a veteran and a proven leader. His presence within our program, both on and off the field, for the next year will be a valuable addition."
VandeBerg was a captain this season before going down with the injury. He will likely be one again for the 2017 season.
He has recorded 106 receptions, 1,302 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns in his career. He's also appeared in 41 games in his career.