IOWA CITY, Iowa - With all things considered, the update on Iowa offensive lineman Alaric Jackson on Sunday was very optimistic.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said during his Sunday conversation with Hawkeyesports.com that his 6-foot-6, 320-pound junior left tackle won't need surgery after suffering an injury to his right knee in the first quarter of Saturday's 38-14 victory over Miami of Ohio in the season opener at Kinnick Stadium.
"They did tests (Sunday) and were hopeful it wouldn't be anything overly serious," Ferentz said. "Every injury is serious, but the good news is, it doesn''t look liker any kind of surgery. I think we're looking at a matter of weeks right now, but it could have been a lot worse."
A source told Allhawkeyes earlier on Sunday that Jackson's mother had told her that Alaric probably would miss one or two weeks and that he sustained no ligament damage.
Iowa shifted starting right tackle Tristan Wirfs to left tackle after Jackson was injured with 4 minutes, 58 seconds left in the first quarter. Walk-on sophomore Kyler Schott was inserted at right guard and senior Levi Paulsen switched from guard to right tackle.
The 19th-ranked Hawkeyes will face Rutgedrs in the Big ten opener this soming Saturday at Kinnick Stadium before facing Iowa State on Sept. 14 in Ames.
Jackson has started at left tackle in each of the past two seasons and made second-team All-Big Ten last season. The Detroit native is also considered a potential first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft despite only being a junior.