Iowa Hawkeye linebacker Shane DiBona who participated in all 13 games last season (started two of those) will miss the rest of the season after his Achilles injury he suffered Wednesday. DiBona was listed as the number two outside linebacker after the first week of camp. DiBona is supposed to make a full recovery after his successful surgery Thursday morning at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Dibona also had shoulder surgery this off-season as well as being hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis.
One of the more heated off-season position battles on the Hawkeye roster was at the weak side linebacker between DiBona and Christian Kirksey. Kirksey is now the projected starter with Anthony Hitchens the likely back up, who will now expect to have a role with the Hawkeye defense. sophomore Dakota Getz could also see some action when cleared to play.
DiBona made a big impact on special teams last season and now with the injury, its nothing but a negative impact. Quinton Alston will likely see loads of playing time now that Dibona is down. DiBona and Iowa could apply for a medical hardship. DiBona already used up his red shirt so it will be tough for him to get the hardship. Iowa has talent to take over for DiBona, if anything it affects depth.