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News of the Day: Iowa’s RB Robinson likely done for season

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ESPN.com reported bad news for Iowa’s bid at a perfect season today as redshirt freshman running back Adam Robinson is likely done for the season with a high ankle sprain.

Robinson is the team’s leading rusher with 629 yards and five touchdowns on 135 carries.

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Written by Austin Swafford

October 27, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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  1. ruh roh

    Jon Castano

    October 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm

  2. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, nor is the injury to Dace Richardson (starting right guard). Wegher isn’t a “between the tackles” guy like Robinson, but he is arguably faster and might get OC Ken O’Keefe to call fewer dives and draws and more sweeps and swing-screens, which have been traditionally better for Iowa than trying to push around Big 10 d-lines. There’s also a couple of others on the depth chart (including a pretty good current redshirt) that can fill in. The “actually” bad part is it means a shake-up in kick returns, with some of the wide receivers taking over duty… meaning more risk of turn-overs and worse average field position.

    In 2004 Iowa lost their top three scholarship running backs to injury. They adjusted. People mention how well the Iowa team is coached but maybe don’t take into consideration just what exactly that means. It’s not like Stanzi isn’t good. Sure, he has his “ups and downs” as people like to say, but he is 16-3 as a starter. Typically the Iowa coaching staff likes to keep things pretty conservative, which is why you don’t see Iowa win a lot of blowouts. But don’t think they won’t ratchet up the passing game or use their fantastic o-line to move things around for a quicker Wegher.

    On top of all that, three of Iowa’s last four opponents are all Big 10 cellar-dwellers and all play at Iowa. The real test will be against Ohio State in Columbus on Nov. 14th, and the more concerning questions by them might be about Ohio State’s offense, not Iowa’s.

    zeekgeek

    October 28, 2009 at 1:13 am

    • Just so long as this means we won’t hear it as an excuse if Iowa loses to Ohio State or in their bowl game.

      Austin Swafford

      October 28, 2009 at 1:18 am

  3. Someone might use that as an excuse, but probably not any Hawkeye fans… they just aren’t the type. If Wegher puts the ball on the ground five times, or if Stanzi gets sacked from his right half a dozen or more times, I’d admit it was an issue, but that’s as far as I’d go.

    zeekgeek

    October 28, 2009 at 7:27 am

  4. Besides, they’ll win out.

    “Everything is proceeding exactly as I have foreseen.”

    zeekgeek

    October 28, 2009 at 7:27 am

  5. LOL

    Jon Castano

    October 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

  6. Here’s some more silver-lining that just occurred to me… after this dream-season for Iowa is over, and presuming they can (for once) avoid those pesky preseason injuries, Iowa will have Jewel Hampton, Adam Robinson, and Brandon Wegher will all be back next year, each with THREE YEARS of eligibility left.

    There’s a lot of football left to be played in 2009, but I for one am already excited about the 2010 season for Iowa Hawkeye football. If only they could get some monster recruits that fit Ferentz’s style, like some 5-star O-linemen or a tight-end or two. The Big 1(1) might be getting top heavy (I’m looking at you Michigan!) in a GOOD way once again.

    Oh, wait, nevermind… I forgot Illinois said they were keeping Zook. Well, let’s hope Ohio State comes around before they fall off the map (sometime shortly after Nov. 14th). 😉

    zeekgeek

    October 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm


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