The Big Ten has had at least one player rank in the top 10 in carries in eight of the past nine years. Mark Weisman has been the workhorse for the Hawkeyes this season, ranking in the top ten in the country in rushing yards with 425 and number one in the country in carries.
Last Saturday he carried the ball 35 times in a 27-21 win against Iowa State. That's the sixth highest total in Hawkeye history. That was a week after he logged 30 carries, then a career high, in a win against Missouri State.
Weisman has 85 carries, 10 more than any other FBS player and 21 more than any Big Ten back. If Weisman continues this pace, he'll break Sedrick Shaw's team record set in 1995.
"It's whatever you guys tell me, how many carries I get, that's how many I know I get," said Weisman. "You know when you have more than ten or fifteen but you really don't know how many you have after that I'd say."
"I think he has improved as a runner," said head coach Kirk Ferentz. "That's something he worked hard on in the spring and also in the camp portion of things. He's still a physical, fullback type of runner if you will. He's going to get hit and I think he knows that but fortunately for us he really takes care of himself and that helps at least."
Iowa hosts 0-3 Western Michigan on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. on the Big Ten Network.
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