Jordan Canzeri Ready to Lead Running Game for Iowa Hawkeyes in 2013

Jennifer Hilderbrand – USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa Hawkeyes have had a rough history at the running back position (thanks AIRBHG), but they look to have great depth at the position heading into 2013. Head coach Kirk Ferentz loves to establish the running game first and foremost with the Iowa offense, and next season will be no exception. Leading the way will be junior Jordan Canzeri.

Heading into the 2012 season, Canzeri was slated to be the No. 1 running back after a strong freshman season in 2011. In his first year on campus, Canzeri rushed for 114 yards on 31 carries in seven games. He showed enough to coaches to move up the depth chart last spring, but an ACL injury cost him his entire sophomore year.

He bounced back quickly following surgery, getting cleared just six months later. Iowa decided not to press him back into service last season and let him have the entire year to strengthen the knee for 2013. Now, he’s back to 100 percent healthy and has been dominant in spring practice, showing a determination in his running style that is exactly what Ferentz hopes to see from his backs.

During open practices, Canzeri has looked impressive, showing excellent vision and the ability to make sharp cuts, almost like he hadn’t torn his ACL less than 13 months ago. There will be a stiff competition for carries next fall with Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock, but Canzeri is hungry to return to the form that had him in line to start last spring.

Canzeri looks to bounce back from his knee injury and step up next season as a g0-to option in the running game. Will he be able to step up when it matters next season?

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