The look on Mark Weisman's face might say it all.
There's a clear grimace seconds after an MSU defender caught his lower right leg with his full body weight as Weisman launched himself into the end zone for the game-tying TD against the Spartans last week.
Weisman conducted interviews Saturday with a walking boot on his right leg.
"The ankle is fine," Weisman said Saturday evening after rushing 26 times for 116 yards and the TD in Iowa's 19-16 double-overtime victory over the Spartans. "I don't know if I could play on it right now, but I think it'll be perfectly fine."
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said after the game, "They [Iowa's medical staff] said its a bump right now and well know more tomorrow. He couldnt push off [that leg].
The reality is Weisman isn't on this week's two deeps, released by the UI on Monday. He's been replaced by true freshman Greg Garmon and sophomore Jordan Canzeri.
Until we hear or, more likely, see otherwise in warmups, let's go ahead and assume Weisman is out for Saturday night's game against Penn State. It's a battle between two teams that are 4-2 and 2-0 in the Big Ten. In this season of fracture in the conference, this is a fairly big game.
And Iowa, for right now and as far as we know, will be without its biggest player.
Weisman is sixth in the Big Ten with 105.17 yards a game. His 6.31 yards a carry leads Big Ten running backs with more than 30 carries. Weisman's 100 carries came in 3 1/2 games.
Weisman has eight TDs and 48 points. The Hawkeyes have 132 points, so Weisman is 36 percent of Iowa's scoring this season. No other player has more than one TD.
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The only Ferentz team as dependent on one player was the 2008 Hawkeyes, whose offense was led by Shonn Greene. Greene scored 20 TDs and had 120 of Iowa's 394 points or 30 percent.
Sophomore Damon Bullock suffered a recurrence of concussion symptoms in practice last week and didn't make the trip to East Lansing. If "recurrence" means "suffered another concussion," then Iowa could be looking at another three weeks before Bullock is cleared. He suffered his first concussion in week 3 against Northern Iowa. He was cleared and practiced last week before suffering recurring symptoms.
Garmon handled all of the carries in the overtimes, rushing four times for 6 yards. He has 35 yards on 14 carries. The 6-1, 190-pounder suffered an elbow injury against Northern Iowa, opening the door for Weisman to show what he can do.
Canzeri suffered a torn ACL during spring practice in late March. He was cleared for competition prior to Iowa's game against Central Michigan. Still, it's been seven months since the ACL repair. A six-month recovery isn't unheard of, but for a major-college running back, it's quick.
Canzeri rushed for 114 yards in seven games as a true freshman. He started in the Insight Bowl against Oklahoma and had 80 total yards, including six receptions for 22 yards and a TD.
-- True freshman Tevaun Smith is listed as a No. 2 WR behind Keenan Davis.
-- Sophomore Andrew Donnal is in line to start his third straight game at right guard. He replaced freshman Austin Blythe, who hasn't played since suffering a foot/ankle injury against Central Michigan on Sept. 22. Blythe is listed No. 2.
-- Senior Greg Castillo, whose interception clinched Iowa's victory last week, is still listed as starter ahead of junior B.J. Lowery, who also hasn't played since suffering a foot/ankle injury against Central Michigan. Lowery is listed No. 2.
SE 6 *** Keenan Davis ^ 6-3 215 Sr.
81 Tevaun Smith 6-2 190 #Fr.
LT 68 * Brandon Scherff 6-5 310 So.
78 Andrew Donnal 6-7 302 So.
LG 60 * Matt Tobin 6-6 290 Sr.
65 Jordan Walsh 6-4 270 #Fr.
C 53 ** James Ferentz 6-2 284 Sr.
59 Connor Boffeli 6-5 290 Jr.
RG 78 Andrew Donnal 6-7 302 So.
63 Austin Blythe 6-3 275 #Fr.
RT 70 ** Brett Van Sloten 6-7 292 Jr.
76 * Nolan MacMillan 6-6 290 Jr.
TE 86 ** C.J. Fiedorowicz ^ 6-7 265 Jr.
82 * Ray Hamilton ^ 6-5 248 So.
QB 16 *** James Vandenberg 6-3 212 Sr.
15 Jake Rudock 6-3 200 #Fr.
WR 11 * Kevonte Martin-Manley 6-0 205 So.
83 * Steven Staggs 6-3 195 Sr.
RB 4 Greg Garmon 6-1 190 Fr.
33 Jordan Canzeri ^ 5-9 182 So.
FB 38 ** Brad Rogers 5-10 230 Jr.
92 ** Jonathan Gimm 6-3 240 Sr.
PK 96 ** Mike Meyer ^ 6-2 185 Jr.
1 Marshall Koehn 6-0 160 #Fr.
LE 99 Joe Gaglione 6-4 264 Sr.
94 Riley McMinn 6-7 245 #Fr.
LT 54 * Steve Bigach 6-3 282 Sr.
71 Carl Davis 6-5 310 So.
RT 90 Louis Trinca-Pasat 6-3 270 So.
97 Darian Cooper 6-2 280 #Fr.
RE 79 * Dominic Alvis 6-4 265 Jr.
49 Melvin Spears 6-2 255 #Fr.
OLB 20 ** Christian Kirksey ^ 6-2 220 Jr.
39 Travis Perry 6-3 230 #Fr.
MLB 44 ** James Morris ^ 6-2 230 Jr.
* 52 Quinton Alston ^ 6-2 224 So.
WLB 31 ** Anthony Hitchens ^ 6-1 224 Jr.
36 Cole Fisher 6-2 218 #Fr.
LC 2 *** Greg Castillo 5-11 187 Sr.
19 B.J. Lowery ** ^ 5-11 188 Jr.
SS 13 ** Tom Donatell 6-2 205 Sr.
21 * Nico Law ^ 6-1 195 So.
FS 5 ** Tanner Miller ^ 6-2 201 Jr.
37 * John Lowdermilk ^ 6-2 203 So.
RC 18 *** Micah Hyde ^ 6-1 190 Sr.
7 Sean Draper ^ 6-0 180 Fr.
PT 98 Connor Kornbrath 6-6 215 Fr.
14 * John Wienke 6-5 220 Sr.
Punt returns: 18 *** Micah Hyde ^ 6-1 190 Sr.
Kickoff returns: 6 *** Keenan Davis 6-3 215 Sr.; 23 Jordan Cotton Jr.
Deep Snaps: 61 * Casey Kreiter 6-3 250 Jr.
54 * Steve Bigach 6-3 282 Sr.
Holder: 14 * John Wienke 6-5 220 Sr.
* Letters won
^ Redshirt year still available
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