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Hawks Weisman still questionable for Penn State

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When everyone thought Mark Weisman was the saving grace for the Hawks' season, the notorious running-back curse has struck again.

This weekend, Weisman was conducting business as usual, running for over a hundred yards and scoring a touchdown for the fourth straight week. But Michigan State left him with a sprained ankle, and heading into this weekend's game against Penn State, the rumor is near reality, Weisman is most likely not playing.

"He's cleared to play, he's not at risk so it's can he play effectively, you know, and that's a big if," said Kirk Ferentz.

So for the fifth time this season, the Hawks coaching staff may have to use a line all too familiar, next man in.

"We have a lot of confidence in Greg, he's a really talented guy. Not only Greg, but Jordan and Mike Malloy if we needed him so there's plenty of guys that can fill the role," James Vandenberg said.

Aside from the running-back position, the Iowa receiving core continues to progress, but is struggling with getting the ball into the endzone. This weekend may need a more balanced attack to overcome a tough defense.

 "We're not gonna give up on the run, but we're gonna have to compensate a little bit and spread it around," Kirk Ferentz said.

"We're gonna have to step up, that takes away the running game a little bit so we'll have to go to the passing game," Hawkeye receiver Kevonte Martin Manley said.

 With Weisman likely out and freshman Greg Garmon in this weekend, the Iowa running game must be ready  for a tough test considering Penn State's defense is ranked 15th in the nation in points allowed.

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