(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Mark Weisman generated enough buzz in the spring of 2011 that his new teammates at Iowa started to wonder where the walk-on had come from.
Weisman arrived after just one semester at Air Force, a stint that helped him clarify his academic and athletic goals.
''I remember we were all sitting around joking like, `Why Iowa?' and he goes, `Well, you're one of the last teams to use a fullback,''' said James Ferentz, Iowa's senior center and the son of coach Kirk Ferentz. ''When his time came, he was ready to answer the bell.''
Just not as a fullback.
Weisman, now a sophomore, is set to make his first start at tailback on Saturday when the Hawkeyes (2-1) host Central Michigan (1-1) in their final nonconference game of the season. Starting running back Damon Bullock is doubtful for Saturday's game with a head injury, and freshman Greg Garmon could miss the game with an arm injury.
Weisman was forced into extended carries...