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Mark Weisman still waiting for first carry against Iowa State

[ 0 ] September 10, 2013 |
Iowa running back Mark Weisman breaks a tackle during the Hawkeyes games against Michigan State on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in East Lansing. (Benjamin Roberts / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

Iowa running back Mark Weisman breaks a tackle against Michigan State on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in East Lansing. (Benjamin Roberts / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Mark Weisman has racked up 1,095 yards rushing in just 209 carries during his brief Iowa football career. None of those carries have come against Iowa State.

The junior  played the entire 2012 game at fullback in a 9-6 loss to the Cyclones at Kinnick Stadium last season. He did plenty of blocking, but had no carries.

Weisman did touch the ball twice during the game. He caught one pass for 3 yards, then dropped a would-be touchdown pass  in the fourth quarter. It came on a third-and-goal play from the Iowa State 3. Mike Meyer kicked a 21-yard field goal to make it a 9-6 game with 14 minutes 6 seconds to play.

“It all happened so fast,” Weisman said. “I was in traffic, but it was definitely a drop. You can’t have those. But it happened, and you just have to move on.”

The following week, against Northern Iowa, Weisman had to move to running back after injuries to Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon. He had 24 carries for 113 yards and three touchdowns in the 27-16 victory. That was the first of six 100-yard games for Weisman as a Hawkeye. He had 100 yards in 20 carries against Northern Illinois in the 2013 season opener, and added 180 yards in 30 carries against Missouri State last week.

Saturday’s 5 p.m. kickoff will be Iowa’s third different starting time this season. The Northern Illinois game started at 2:30 p.m., and the Missouri State game started at 11 a.m.

“The waiting is never the greatest thing,” Weisman said. “You have to be mentally prepared for that.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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