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Crash Video Shines Spotlight on Iowa OL Koeppel
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- All folks knew about Iowa lineman Josh Koeppel until last week was that he was battling to be the Hawkeyes starting center.

That all changed when Koeppel's scooter got drilled by a pickup truck on his way to class, sending the 273-pound senior flying into the air and onto the pavement. The video of the accident went viral, and Koeppel became one of the nation's most famous backup linemen overnight.

Koeppel walked away from the accident with just scratches and bruises, and the crash landed him on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday morning.

Koeppel says it's strange to get so much attention for the accident, adding that he's one of the luckier guys in the state.

He did not play last week but is available Saturday when Iowa hosts rival Iowa State.

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