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Hawks look to bounce back from first loss

Hawks look to bounce back from first loss

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IOWA CITY(KWWL)-- It's a mantra we've become all to familiar with in Iowa City over the last few years. The Hawkeye's once again will have to rely on the next man in, after learning running back Jewel Hampton will miss the remainder of the year with a knee injury.

Julian Vandervelde, Iowa offensive lineman said, "Obviously it's incredibly disappointing. He's an incredibly talented running back, he's tough, he's fast. He's got all the attributes that you look for but it's something that we can't dwell on.

At the beginning of fall camp the concern was how to split carries between three backs…

With Brandon Wegher's departure and Hampton's season ending injury, the question is now who is left behind starter Adam Robinson.

Iowa Quarterback Ricky Stanzi said "It's unbelievable with this sport. We almost had too many running backs at the beginning and now we don't have enough.''

Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz added "Yeah, it's a little tough right now. We've got Adam, obviously, and then right now with Jewel out, plus Jason White is going to be out another week or two would be my guess so that moves Marcus Coker and De'andre Johnson too.

With the lack of experience behind Robinson, the Hawks will turn to number 32 to do what he did against Eastern Illinois in the opener...And that's carry the load himself the rest of the way...

There are a lot of teams that play primarily one tailback and go the whole season that way and that's our plan for right now. We plan on him being the primary ball carrier.

Robinson said "I have to mentally prepare myself to get a lot of carries per came and physically prepare myself for that type of role and I think I can get it done."

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