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Success Hasn't Spoiled Weisman
University of Iowa running back stays grounded after big game against UNI
Mark Weisman rushed for 113 yards and had 33 receiving yards during the University of Iowa's 27-16 win against Northern Iowa on Sept. 15.
Mark Weisman rushed for 113 yards and had 33 receiving yards during the University of Iowa's 27-16 win against Northern Iowa on Sept. 15.
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Sept. 19, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- There isn't much difference between a two-carry Mark Weisman and a 24-carry Mark Weisman. And the University of Iowa sophomore running back intends to keep it that way.

Weisman, who entered the Sept. 15 game against Northern Iowa with a season total of two carries for eight yards, was pressed into significant duty because of injuries to running backs Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon. He responded by carrying the ball 24 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns, and catching three passes for 33 yards.

"You have to prepare to do what I did, but you're not always expecting it to happen like that," Weisman said.

He said he intended to play fullback the majority of the game, switching to running back during goal-line situations.

Talk about another "Next Man In."

"I was confident out there; I knew I could do it," Weisman said. "I knew our line is unbelievable, so they were just making it easy for me out there."

Iowa controlled the ground against the Panthers, gaining 201 yards on 43 carries.





A photo of Weisman taken shortly after the 27-16 win against Northern Iowa as he walked in the tunnel of Kinnick Stadium has been view by nearly 194,000 people and has more than 15,000 "likes" on the university athletics department Facebook page.


A photo of Weisman taken shortly after the 27-16 win against Northern Iowa as he walked in the tunnel of Kinnick Stadium has been view by nearly 194,000 people and has more than 15,000 "likes" on the university athletics department Facebook page.

"I don't know if I'm a fan favorite or not. I feel the same right now, but it's cool all the support that's been out there," Weisman said. "I try not to listen to the noise, whether it's good or bad."

Weisman is a relative newcomer to the UI after transferring in from the Air Force Academy. The big game against Northern Iowa hasn't altered his status on campus, because he says a lot of people still have no idea who he is, or what he looks like.

"Maybe they recognize me a little more in class," he said. "But I have my headphones on, so maybe that's why people haven't recognized me more. I haven't noticed a difference in the attention."

Weisman called his last outing "a little surreal." Now he prepares for Central Michigan as the No. 1 running back for the 2-1 Hawkeyes.

"It's a little different preparing (to be the starter at running back)," Weisman said. "I have the same mentality: We have to go out and work hard this week and get ready for a tough opponent in Central Michigan."

The Hawkeyes host Central Michigan (1-1) on Saturday inside Kinnick Stadium in their final nonconference game. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (CT), and the game will be televised by the BTN with Kevin Kugler, Danan Hughes and Tom Helmer calling the action.

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