Dienhart: Mark Weisman latest AIRBHG victim

Looks like the Iowa running back hex continues. Sophomore sensation Mark Weisman didn’t appear on the depth chart released today by the school. He apparently hurt his right ankle in the Hawkeyes’ 19-16 double-overtime win at Michigan State last week after running 26 times for 116 yards.

True freshman Greg Garmon and Jordan Canzeri are listed 1-2 for Iowa’s game vs. Penn State at home this Saturday. Garmon has dealt with an arm injury, while Canzeri hurt a knee in spring drills.

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Weisman has seemingly come out of nowhere to emerge as one of the Big Ten’s top backs, ranking fifth in the Big Ten in rushing (105.2 ypg). The transfer from Air Force has rushed for over 100 yards in four consecutive games, sparking a struggling Iowa attack since taking over for injured Damon Bullock, who began the season as the starter before hurting his head. Bullock was slated to return last week but didn’t. Bullock hasn’t played in the last three games.

Iowa’s rushing game ranks No. 9 in the Big Ten (154.7 ypg). The Hawkeyes are 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten, tying Michigan atop the Legends Division.

Check out Weisman’s 2012 game logs:

Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/1/2012 @ NIU 2 8 4.0 0 6 0 0 - 0 -
9/8/2012 IaSt 0 0 - 0 - 1 3 3.0 0 3
9/15/2012 NoIa 24 113 4.7 3 16 3 33 11.0 0 21
9/22/2012 CentMi 27 217 8.0 3 34 0 0 - 0 -
9/29/2012 Minn 21 177 8.4 1 44 3 12 4.0 0 8
10/13/2012 @ MSU 26 116 4.5 1 37 2 5 2.5 0 7
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tom on 10/16/2012 @ 9:22am EST Said:

Iowa vs Penn State, Another sloppy win by another mediocre big ten team. Just don’t know who will win?

ctullis on 10/17/2012 @ 9:44pm EST Said:

Iowa will likely gut it out