Hawkeye Drew Ott involved in scooter accident

Josh O'Leary

Iowa defensive lineman Drew Ott, the Big Ten Conference's reigning defensive player of the week, was involved in a scooter accident Monday morning.

Iowa City Police on Tuesday confirmed that Ott was injured in a traffic accident at the corner of Benton Street and Greenwood Drive in Iowa City.

Iowa right end Drew Ott stops Ball State halfback Jahwan Edwards on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

Police say Ott was riding a moped westbound on Benton Street when he collided with a Buick four-door vehicle that turned in front of him.

Ott, 21, was transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by ambulance with what were described as "non-incapacitating" injuries.

"The car basically turned left right in front of the scooter," said Iowa City Police Sgt. Scott Gaarde.

The driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old, was cited by police for failure to yield upon a left turn. The Press-Citizen does not identify juveniles charged unless they are charged with a felony.

Hawkeye fans are well-versed in reading stories about athletes having trouble on scooters. Basketball player Peter Jok was suspended from all basketball-related activities by McCaffery on July 15, a day after he was charged with driving his moped while his license was revoked. Jok was also charged with improper lights and failure to have a safety flag. That came in the wake of Jok's April 26 arrest for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Jok was riding his moped at the time. He pleaded guilty to that charge May 2 in Johnson County Court. He has since been reinstated to the team.

And of course Hawkeye fans will never forget football player Josh Koeppel's moped accident in 2010. The Iowa City Police Department released video from a squad car camera of Koeppel on his motorcycle getting hit by a truck. The accident happened at the intersection of Burlington Street and Gilbert Street.

The report about Ott came on the heels of reports that all-America offensive lineman Brandon Scherff undergoing knee surgery today.

The Big Ten honor was the first for Ott (6-foot-4, 270 pounds), a junior from Trumbull, Neb. He is the first Hawkeye to earn the honor this season. Three Iowa players earned the conference defensive honor on four occasions in 2013.

Ott recorded a team- and career-high 13 tackles in the win over Ball State, including six solo tackles and seven assists. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. He forced a Ball State fumble in the final minute of the game to seal Iowa's comeback win. He led an Iowa defense that held Ball State's offense to six points, 90 net rushing yards and 219 yards total offense.

In two games, Ott has recorded 17 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He ranks third in the Big Ten in tackles for loss and 15th in total tackles. The Iowa defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown in two games and ranks second in the Big Ten with seven sacks.