Breaking News: Iowa Running Back Jewel Hampton Will Miss the 2009 Season

Tim CarySenior Analyst ISeptember 1, 2009

IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 8:  Runningback Paki O'Meara #25 of the Iowa Hawkeyes rushes for yards as his teammate Jewel Hampton #27 defends on the play against defenders Drew Astorino #28 and Kevin Kelly #23 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in the first quarter of play at Kinnick Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa defeated Penn State 24-23. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)

As Bleacher Report's First and Big predicted almost a week ago, Iowa running back Jewel Hampton will miss the entire 2009 season with a knee injury.

Coach Kirk Ferentz made the announcement just moments ago in his press conference, as transcribed by

Hampton had suffered the initial injury in the summer and re-aggravated it in an August practice.

He will have surgery, redshirt, and retain three years of eligibility after setting the Hawkeye freshman record for rushing touchdowns in 2008.

Iowa fans were going to miss Shonn Greene in the backfield anyway. Add in the loss of Hampton, and the Hawkeyes' season prospects just dimmed considerably.

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