Jordan Canzeri was essentially forgotten for most of the year as Iowa leaned on fellow running backs Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock.
Canzeri enters Iowa's most crucial stretch of the season more valuable than ever.
Canzeri did more than just give Weisman and Bullock a breather in Iowa's last game, a 38-14 romp at Purdue on Nov. 9. The sophomore revived Iowa's stumbling running game with 165 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
The Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) host Michigan (7-3, 3-3) on Saturday before closing out the regular season at Nebraska (7-3, 4-2). Iowa has an opportunity to double its win total of four from last season, and Canzeri and his fresh legs could play a key role in the final two weeks.
''He's certainly in the rotation now a lot more prominently than a month ago,'' Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.
Not so long ago, Canzeri was the future at running back for Iowa.
But a knee injury opened the door for Weisman and Bullock to jump ahea...