The Iowa Hawkeyes will be without starting quarterback Spencer Petras in the 2022 Music City Bowl. He suffered a shoulder injury against the Nebraska Cornhuskers and while he was hoping to play in the bowl game, he had to undergo surgery. The team will play the 2022 Music City Bowl on December 31st against the Kentucky Wildcats. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said the following about the injury: “The injury he had in the Nebraska ball game was significant enough to require surgery, so, he’s not going to be able to compete. Nobody’s more disappointed than him, obviously.”
Kirk Ferentz confirms Spencer Petras has an injury that will prevent him from playing in the bowl.
Back-up Alex Padilla has entered the portal.
Next year’s expected QB Cade McNamara not eligible, coming off surgery.
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— Keith Murphy (@MurphyKeith) December 4, 2022
Coach Ferentz continued with the following: “Like any player that has an injury that requires surgery, it just takes them out of competition. It’s good that he’ll be with us, but all of us wish he wasn’t on the sideline supporting the team.” Spencer Petras completed 157 passes this season for 1,725 yards, five touchdowns, and five interceptions on 281 attempts. He also had three rushing touchdowns on the season.
While he is eligible to play next season, the team is bringing in Michigan transfer Cade McNamara who is expected to start. Petras has likely played his last game for Iowa and could decide to enter the transfer portal.