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Iowa’s quiet hero: ‘I’m sure glad he’s on our team’

[ 0 ] September 28, 2013 |

MINNEAPOLIS – Among all the heroes in Iowa’s 23-7 win Saturday at Minnesota, did anybody notice that Mark Weisman had 147 yards rushing?

The 236-pound Hawkeye junior uses power and aggression to his advantage. Perhaps one of his greatest skills? How he quietly wears down the opponent and assembles big numbers.

Saturday, it was 24 carries and another big game against the Gophers. He had 177 against them a year ago.

No run Saturday was longer than 19 yards. He lost yardage only twice (both times for 1 yard). It was a typical brute performance from the Air Force transfer who logged his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

“He’s a model of a guy. Very humble,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “He’s a workhorse out there on the field. He’s a smart player, too.

“I can’t say enough about him. I’m sure glad he’s on our team.”

Humble? In postgame interviews, Weisman was vintage humble.

Iowa running back Mark Weisman carries the ball against Minnesota on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

Iowa running back Mark Weisman carries the ball against Minnesota on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

He first credited the up-front blockers, of course.

“Just following the offensive linemen,” he said.

Don’t forget a hat tip to quarterback Jake Rudock, who had 35 rushing yards of his own.

“A lot of people underestimate his speed,” Weisman said.

Then there was Damon Bullock, who gave him rest to the tune of 47 yards on 11 carries.

“The different pace of the running backs is good to have,” Weisman said.

He even called offensive coordinator Greg Davis’ game plan “unbelievable.”

But he saved special mention for fullback Adam Cox, who rarely touches the ball but slipped outside and up the sideline for a 35-yard pass reception on third-and-3 that set up Iowa’s first touchdown.

“Him and (fullback) Macon Plewe, they’re both doing great jobs out there,” said Weisman, who upped his rushing average to 123 yards a game entering next week’s game vs. Michigan State. “It’s great to see Cox get that ball and see what he can do in space. They’re both my roommates and great blockers.”

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