staff, July 19, 2017

Iowa senior offensive lineman Sean Welsh penned an op-ed Wednesday that chronicled his struggle with depression.

Welsh started battling depression as a redshirt freshman in 2014, when the yet-to-be diagnosed mood disorder had him eating less and spending more time in front of the TV than with friends.

"It was every dimension of terrible," Welsh wrote. "And I kept wondering what was wrong."

Fast-forward to the spring of 2015, and Welsh left the team to "hit the eject button." He went home, he started to see a therapist more often, and he was officially diagnosed with depression. A few months later, feeling much better, Welsh was back in Iowa City and practicing with the team.

Read Welsh's full op-ed at

Welsh, along with Josey Jewell and Matt VandeBerg, will attend Big Ten media days Monday and Tuesday in Chicago.