Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said on his weekly Learfield Sports radio show Wednesday night that he expects defensive end Drew Ott to play against Iowa State Saturday, and didn't rule offensive tackle Brandon Scherff out of the game.
Ferentz never said that Scherff had surgery on his right knee, which KCRG-TV reported Tuesday. Scherff was injured in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Ball State. He sat several series, then returned and finished out the game.
Speaking to Iowa play-by-play voice Gary Dolphin, Ferentz said, "You saw him out there (at practice Wednesday). He's improving with every day. We've still got more than 48 hours until game time. You just never know. We'll keep our fingers crossed. I know he wants to be back playing. He's working towards that end. We'll see how it goes. If he's in there, that would be great for obvious reasons. If he's not it's just like Saturday. The game is not going to get called off or canceled."
If Scherff doesn't play, redshirt freshman Ike Boettger is expected to replace him in the lineup. Boettger, from Cedar Falls, got his first college action when he replaced Scherff against Ball State.
"Ike jumped in and did a great job," Ferentz said. "We expect that out of all our guys. Everybody will support Ike. He'll do a wonderful job if he ends up playing."
Ott, the reigning Big Ten defensive player of the week, was injured Monday when his moped was hit by a car in Iowa City.
"Fortunately he escaped without any serious injuries," Ferentz said. "He had a couple of stitches. He was sore, as you might expect. He was doing better (Wednesday). He's not out of the woods. But again, the same thing like Brandon. He's got more than two days to get ready for the ballgame. We expect him to play."