Weisman Unlisted

Mark Weisman left Saturday's game. Monday, he was left off of the depth chart. Read more in the Monday notebook.

Iowa CITY, Iowa - Mark Weisman has enjoyed a successful run as Iowa's main ball carrier. It could be derailed, however.

Monday's Hawkeye depth-chart listed true freshman Greg Garmon as the starter and second-year sophomore Jordan Canzeri as his backup. Weisman, who ranks 24th national in rushing, was absent from it. He told Hawk Central after Saturday's win at Michigan State that he'd be ready for this week's game.

Perhaps Ferentz is playing coy with the Nittany Lions, forcing them to prepare for three different backs. Probably not, though, when you consider they'll expect the Hawkeyes to run no matter who is back there. They need to tackle.

Ferentz told Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror that Weisman has a "significant" injury, but has not yet ruled out for Penn State.

Weisman has burst on the scene with 631 yards (6.3 per carry) and eight touchdowns on the ground. The production basically has come in the three and a half games since starter Damon Bullock was sidelined with a head injury.

Prior to the Bullock and Weisman health concerns, Canzeri, the projected No. 1 following last season, tore his ACL in the spring. Canzeri carried the load in the December's Insight Bowl in place of the suspended, and since transferred, Marcus Coker and Mika'il McCall.

If you want more recent history of the Iowa running back demise, google it. I can't write it another time.

Something to keep in mind - It is only Monday and Iowa had the day off. Weisman has shown he can handle punishment and he has been getting top-notch treatment. It could even end up being a game-time decision.

Elsewhere on the Two-Deep…

-Regulars B.J. Lowery (leg) and Austin Blythe (leg) showed up No. 2 at their respective positions. They've missed the last two games.

-It appears that Jordan Cotton has earned the No. 3 WR spot. Still, he was not listed on the depth chart. Ferentz seemed surprised last week when told that the junior wasn't on there but it was Tevaun Smith and Steven Staggs in the two-holes again.

HONORS: Iowa Kicker Mike Meyer received a few accolades on Monday. The third-year junior was named the Big Ten special teams player of the week. It was the second time this season he has captured the honor and the this time in his career.

Meyer also picked up the national award for Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) and was one of three kickers recognized as "Stars of the Week" by the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award.

Meyer connected on four field goals in the win over the Spartans, including 3-pointers from 28 and 42 yards in the two overtime periods.

College Sports Madness tabbed Hitchens as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. The junior totaled six solo tackles and nine assists, including one tackle for loss against the Spartans.

Hitchens has posted double-digit tackle totals in five straight games. He leads the nation in tackles per game (13.0).

XTRA POINTS: Roughly 300 tickets remain and are available at hawkeyesports.com, or by calling 1-800-IAHAWKS…The Iowa-PSU series is tied at 12-12 with the Hawkeyes winning the last four in Kinnick. The Nittany Lions last won in Iowa City during the 1999 season…This game is on BTN at 7 CT…Each team is 4-2 overall and 2-0 in conference…This is the third time in four years this matchup has gone down in prime time…Iowa has at least one turnover in five of six games this season and in 71 of the last 80 games dating back to '06…Four of Iowa's first six contests have been decided by three points or less.


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