Big Ten fans who like to see their football carried by dynamic running backs have been unsure of what to expect this season. Many fans may have been hesitant about what they would see from tailbacks in the conference this year, because the Big Ten lost such highly regarded rushers. Montee Ball has moved on from his days as a Wisconsin Badger, and now lines up in the Backfield with Peyton Manning for the Denver Broncos. LaVontee Bell left a year early from Michigan State and should be ready for action for the Pittsburg Steelers this weekend. Even the Nebraska Cornhuskers lost Rex Burkhead, a young man from Texas that they had embraced as one of their own to the Cincinnati Bengals.
These fans have been pleased to see a conference full of capable running backs. Nebraska may have lost Burkhead, but their stable of running backs is three deep this season with Ahmeer Ahbdullah, Imani Cross and Terrance Newby. The same goes for the Wisconsin Badgers, who lost the top rusher in ball last season, but have not missed a beat with James White, Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement carrying the ball. Ohio State is also once again loaded in the backfield, both at quarterback and running back. Who will Big Ten fans turn to as their top running back of the 2013 season? How about Iowa Hawkeye Mark Weisman?
This 6-foot, 236 pound junior is one thing if anything, and that is consistent. If you are looking for blazing breakaway speed, do not look towards Iowa City. If you are in search of acrobatic an elusive moves from a running back, this Hawkeye will not be the man for you. What Weisman does offer is about five yards per carry, and in Iowa, coach Kirk Ferentz eyes that as pretty darn good.
Weisman is originally from Buck Grove, Illinois. He began his career at the Air Force academy as a fullback. Weisman moved to tailback at Iowa, only after the injuries had decimated the Hawkeye depth chart. Actually, it was the fact that Iowa still used a fullback in their offense that drew him to Iowa City. Weisman used his athleticism and pure power to continue to win over coaches and eventually make a name for himself as a capable back at Iowa. If Weisman continues to produce at the pace he is currently racking up yards, he will find himself in the discussion for first team all Big Ten running back at the end of the season.