Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Iowa's Weisman likely out against Indiana
By Adam Rittenberg
If I had a dime for every post I wrote about Iowa's attrition at running back ...
There's more bad news this week as Mark Weisman, the Hawkeyes' biggest bright spot in a disappointing season, likely will miss Saturday's game at Indiana. Weisman, who recorded four consecutive 100-yard rushing performances, left last week's loss against Northwestern in the second quarter. The injury looked like a hip problem, although Weisman has been dealing with a sprained right ankle since an Oct. 13 win against Michigan State.
The good news is that Damon Bullock returned from a concussion against Northwestern and ran extremely hard, particularly in the second half. Bullock had 22 carries for 107 yards in the loss to the Wildcats. Ferentz liked the way Bullock competed in the game.
Given Iowa's issues with quarterback James Vandenberg and the pass game, it has to control possession and get something from the rushing attack against an Indiana defense ranked 109th nationally against the run. Indiana has put up points on everybody and Iowa's defense is struggling right now, so the Hawkeyes will need more from their offense and ground game to keep pace with the Hoosiers.