Nov 2, 2013; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back mark Weisman (45) runs the football against the Wisconsin Badgers at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Weisman key to Iowa Hawkeyes upset bid vs. LSU in Outback Bowl

Mark Weisman is a throwback player for the Iowa Hawkeyes evoking memories of old school downhill runners in the Big Ten conference laying credence to the three yards and a cloud of dust style of football the conference made famous decades ago.

The 6-1, 236-pound Weisman and Bufalo Grove, Ill. native is a fullback playing tailback for the Hawkeyes who take on LSU in the Outback Bowl and stopping the powerful Weisman is priority No. 1 for the Tiger defense.

Weisman started the 2013 season with a band with four, 100-yard games in the team’s first five games, averaging 123 yards per game as Iowa started the season 4-1. However, the workload took its toll on him as the battering ram of a back averaging a scant 32.4 with a single touchdown over the course of his next five games.

Iowa went 3-2 in those game, including a 17-10 overtime over the Northwestern Wildcats, so it’s easy to see that Iowa will go as far as Weisman will take them. Jordan Canzeri has provided a nice complement to Weisman in the run game with four straight games with at least 50 yards, including a game with 165 at Purdue.

But Weisman is the cog to their engine and he picked it up in the final two games of the season averaging 80.5 yards per game with three touchdowns as Iowa went 2-0 to close their season to give them an 8-4 record heading into the New Years’ Day date with the No. 47 rushing defense of LSU that allows 154 yards per game.

If LSU can bottle up Weisman, who isn’t a threat in the passing game, LSU will turn Iowa into a one-dimensional team and therefore have a much easier time heading back from Tampa, Fla. with a win.

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