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By Dylan Montz, correspondent
AMES — Backup center Ben Loth’s football career is over after injuring a knee Monday in the first fall practice, Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads said Friday.
Rhoads said Loth will need surgery because his MCL is “so severely damaged.” He couldn’t confirm damage, but Rhoads said it will also be inspected during the MCL surgery.
“A guy that finally started to get a taste of it last year due to injury and has worked so hard and is in a position to graduate and finish his career in fantastic fashion, first day out goes down and it’s all over,” Rhoads said. “Very disheartening for the young man.”
Loth played in nine games at center last season and started two after Tom Farniok injured a knee in the season opener against Northern Iowa.
Red-shirt junior Jamison Lalk will move to backup center behind Farniok but will continue to play backup left guard to red-shirt junior Oni Omoile. Red-shirt freshman Nick Severs is slotted at third-string center on the depth chart.