Iowa's running back situation has been a revolving door in recent years, but Weisman has helped bring stability to the backfield.
Built like a fullback, he rarely wins with make-you-miss quickness, but he does have the balance, power, and no-nonsense run style that allows him to rack up positive yardage, leading the Hawkeyes with 975 rushing yards in 2013.
11/15/2014 - Running back Mark Weisman ran for 134 yards and Iowa battered Illinois with 587 yards of offense Saturday in a 30-14 win. The Hawkeyes (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) ran for a season-high 304 yards. Quarterback Jake Rudock was 14-21 for 210 yards and two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with the game in hand. Early on, Iowa had to scrounge for points. The Hawkeyes took a 2-0 lead on a first-quarter safety and Illinois' defense stopped them three times on fourth down to keep the game close. Iowa led 9-7 at the half. But Iowa's run game wore Illinois (4-6, 1-5) down and set up 21 second-half points that sealed the game. Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt played for the first time since breaking his left leg Oct. 4 against Purdue. But he finished a quiet 14-25 for 102 yards and one touchdown. Iowa's offense Saturday was a steady diet of Weisman broken up only by the occasional big pass play from Rudock or backup C.J. Beathard, who entered the game in the fourth quarter. - AP Sports