Adam Robinson earned his first career start with his performance in Iowa's narrow victory over Northern Iowa in the season opener at Kinnick Stadium.
The redshirt freshman from Des Moines is listed as Iowa's starting running back heading into Saturday's annual showdown with Iowa State in Ames. He was the backup to junior Paki O'Meara in the opener, but performed much better than O'Meara and played almost the entire second half of the 17-16 victory.
"He had a good day and did some real positive things," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said immediately after the game. "We'll look at the tape and see where we are at, but we are counting on both of those guys to help us."
The Hawkeyes used only 12 running plays in the second half of the game and Robinson carried on 10 of them. O'Meara fumbled on his first and only carry of the second half. The only other rushing attempt was a quarterback sneak by Ricky Stanzi.
O'Meara finished with 16 yards in nine carries. Robinson collected 63 yards in 15 tries.
"I'm most definitely ready to be a 20-carry-a-game back," Robinson told reporters after the game.
The only other change on the Iowa depth chart that was released Monday has senior Kyle Calloway back in the lineup at right tackle, where he started every game last fall. Calloway was suspended for the opening game because of a drunken driving incident in June.
Dace Richardson, who started the UNI game at right tackle, is now listed as a possible starter at either guard spot. The left guard starter will be Richardson or sophomore Adam Gettis with right guard being manned by either Richardson or Dan Doering.
HUNTER HONORED: Iowa linebacker Jeremiha Hunter has been named the Big Ten's co-special teams player of the week for his heroics in Saturday's 17-16 win over Northern Iowa.
Hunter, who had nine tackles in the game, blocked UNI's second field-goal attempt with 1 second remaining to preserve the victory. Iowa officials said it is the first time in NCAA football history that a team has blocked field goals on consecutive plays.
Hunter shared the weekly honor with Minnesota's Eric Ellestad.
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Fox Sports Network (FSN) will produce the game and televise it on FSN Midwest and FSN North. The live broadcast will be shown on the Mediacom Cable Channel 22.
TICKETS REMAIN: A few hillside tickets still remain for Saturday's Iowa-Iowa State game at Jack Trice Stadium.
The tickets, which provide access to the grass seating areas in the corners of the stadium, are $60 each.