Iowa CITY, Iowa - As Kirk Ferentz said a day earlier to PA media, things aren't looking good for Mark Weisman. Tuesday, the Iowa coach said he's preparing to be without him this weekend against Penn State.
"He would have a lot of progress to make to be able to play, so we'll just have to take the mental approach, he's not going to be here," the Iowa Coach said. "If he does join us, it will be great."
Here's a story from Monday on Weisman's questionable status.
Iowa plays host to the Nittany Lions Saturday (7 pm CT, BTN). True freshman Greg Garmon is listed as the No. 1 RB on the most recently released depth chart. Second-year sophomore Jordan Canzeri, who looked like a prime redshirt candidate, finds his name in the backup slot.
"We have a very limited pool of guys right now," Ferentz said. "So, I think it's that realistic to think that (Canzeri is) thick into it. It's good news."
Ferentz said that the New York native has gotten better each week of practice after suffering an ACL tear in the spring.
"He's been tackled at the Division I level, so that's a positive," Ferentz said.
Garmon jumped in last week when Weisman injured himself on the team's last play of regulation. He held onto the ball and was relatively calm in the moment, according to his teammates.
"He ran out of bounds about eight times and that was okay as long as the ball didn't go on the ground," Ferentz said of Garmon. "That's kind of where we were at on Saturday.
"A nice run would really have been good but ball security is critical, especially at that juncture. We kind of lost our running attack at that stage."
Garmon was playing at McDowell High in Erie, PA at this time last year. He's carried the ball 10 times for 29 yards this season.
"He did his job, so he allowed us to keep fighting, which is good," Ferentz said about the MSU game. "He'll be better this week."
It's important to remember that Weisman still could play. Injuries heal. It's not like he makes a lot of sharp cuts. You don't have to when you run over people.
"I've heard high, low, in between (ankle sprain)," Ferentz said about Weisman's injury. "All I know is he's out of the boot and they are going to let him work today a little bit, jogging around, starts, as opposed to trying to run against an angry group-- this is the varsity we are playing this week so it's a whole different deal."
Ferentz likely will update Weisman's status on his Wednesday radio show which airs at 7 pm CT.
Ferentz did not sound optimistic that Damon Bullock would be available on Saturday. The second-year sophomore has been sidelined since suffering a head injury in the season's third week.
"Doesn't look like he'll play this week," Ferentz said. "It's not a black and white thing. It's not like a broken bone. When he's cleared medically, hopefully we'll have him.
"He was cleared last Tuesday when I was here, but if you have reoccurring complications or symptoms, however you want to describe it, he wasn't cleared."
NO SURPRISE: Iowa lost recruit David Kenney on Sunday. Although it his name was never mentioned on Tuesday, it was clear about whom the coach was speaking when asked about dealing with verbal decommitments.
"If someone's dad works at an institution, you might imagine we expected this could be a possibility, not to get specific about anything," Ferentz said.
Kenny's father, David Sr., was hired by the Indiana football program during the summer. David Jr., who was Iowa's first verbal in the 2013 class when he pledged in early April, has indicated that he probably will end up with the Hoosiers.
The Hawkeyes received more verbal commitments earlier in this recruiting cycle than has happened in Ferentz's 14 years running the program. As a result of this national trend, the coach expected more de-commits than when the clock moved slower.
"That is going to come with the territory," Ferentz said. "It's one thing to hold hands and say I like you. Then it's another thing to walk to the alter and say I love you. That is recruiting."
"We will handle each circumstance on its own individual basis," Ferentz said.
XTRA-POINTS: Ferentz indicted that Austin Blythe and B.J. Lowery are probable for Saturday's game but he was unsure how much they'd be able to play. They've missed the last two games with injury…In addition to the other bells and whistles attacked to this week's primetime affair, the game will be recognized as an ANF event. Former Hawkeye Casey Wiegmann will be part of those festivities…Iowa junior Anthony Hitchens leads the NCAA in tackles. Former Hawkeye and current Viking, Chad Greenway, leads the NFL in stops.