September 22, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes fullback Mark Weisman (45) fumbles the ball as quarterback James Vandenberg (16) hands off in the first half of the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Who Will Iowa Start at Running Back Saturday Against Penn State?

This just in: Iowa struggles to keep running backs on the field. By now, most of you are familiar with, or have at least heard of the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God, or AIRBHG.

AIRBHG has claimed dozens of running backs over the last decade and had a banner year in 2012.
McCall: Transfer
Coker: Transfer
Canzeri: Torn ACL
Garmon: (After mocking AIRBHG on twitter) Arrested
Johnson: Cited by cops. Kicked off team.
Hill: Torn ACL
Bullock: Concussion
Garmon: Replaces Bullock, injures elbow.

That’s since January of 2012. 10 months.

The AIRBHG may have struck again.

Backup fullback-turned stud running back Mark Weisman left last week’s game against Michigan State with a sprained ankle. While not severe the timing could not be worse. Iowa is 2-0 in the Big Ten with an outside shot at the conference championship game. On Tuesday, head coach Kirk Ferentz said the Weisman has been medically cleared to play Saturday against Penn State, but wouldn’t say that he would. In fact, ESPN calls him doubtful. Weisman has over 600 yards on the season and managed to avoid the AIRBHG for half the season.

If (when) Weisman can’t go, his replacement will likely be a member of the 2012 hit-list. Damon Bullock should be fully recovered from his concussion and Jordan Canzeri has apparently recovered quickly from his torn ACL. Bullock had 65 carries for 280 yards on the season before suffering his concussion. Canzeri doesn’t have a carry this season but rushed for 114 yards on 31 carries in 2011.

Penn State freshman running back Akeel Lynch briefly considered a transfer to Iowa following the sanctions in July. Had he made the move and avoided the AIRBHG, Lynch would have been in line for extended action this week against the Nittany Lions. Odds are, Lynch and Penn State both dodged a bullet on this one.


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