Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Special teams have been strong suit for No. 11 Iowa during its 6-0 start, but the Hawkeyes have suffered a big loss in their return game.
Junior wide receiver Paul Chaney Jr. suffered an ACL injury in Saturday's win against Michigan and will undergo season-ending surgery, head coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday. Chaney is Iowa's top return man on both punts and kickoffs, averaging 20.1 yards on kickoff returns and 5.1 yards on punt returns. He also has seven receptions and five rushes this season.
"He was working hard, really having a good year, doing a lot of good things for us, and it's a tough loss," Ferentz said Tuesday. "Like every injury, we really feel badly for him, and I know he'll get back and come back strong and have a great senior year, but it's very unfortunate."
Injuries have hit Iowa's receiving corps hard this year, but things appear to be getting a bit better despite the loss of Chaney. Tight end Tony Moeaki returned to the field against Michigan after missing three games and had a spectacular performance, while wideout Derrell Johnson-Koulianos looks healthy again.
True freshman Keenan Davis will play a bigger role in the rotation at receiver with Chaney sidelined.
Colin Sandeman, who battled back problems earlier, will replace Chaney on punt returns. Running back Brandon Wegher now becomes Iowa's primary kickoff return man, and he'll be joined by cornerback Amari Spievey, running back Paki O'Meara or Sandeman.