With a performance like he had a week ago, an Iowa running back could reach a milestone Saturday.
Here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Mark Weisman needs 85 yards to become the 42nd running back in Hawkeye history to gain 1,000 yards in his career.
In 11 games, the junior has rushed for 915 yards on 179 carries, averaging 5.1 yards per rush including a 100-yard effort last weekend against Northern Illinois. Weisman has reached the 100-yard plateau five times during his college career.
2. Defense is the advertised strength of the Missouri State team Iowa faces on Saturday.
The Bears return 10 starters from a year ago on the defensive side of the ball, including a returning FCS all-American in Caleb Schaffitzel.
The strong safety is among four players in the Missouri State secondary returning, a group which includes safety Mike Crutcher and cornerbackers Howard Scarborough and Sybhrian Berry. Collectively, they broke up 34 passes. Schaffitzel led the way with a team-high 109 tackles to go with five interceptions as a sophomore.
3. Cornerback Desmond King was the only true freshman to see the field for Iowa last weekend and his work drew praise from teammate B.J. Lowery.
“I think he stepped in and did really good,’’ Lowery said. “We talked about it and he just went out and played.’’
King recorded four tackles and broke up one pass in his first college game.
The 5-foot-11 freshman from Detroit will see additional time in upcoming games, coach Kirk Ferentz said.
“There are some technique things he can improve, but the big thing was he wasn’t overwhelmed,’’ Ferentz said. “… Hopefully we can move him forward a little bit this week, too. He’s in the water swimming now.’’
4. Coach Kirk Ferentz hopes at some point in upcoming games to provide Iowa’s back-up quarterbacks with some game experience.
Game conditions will dictate, though when and if C.J. Beathard and Cody Sokol take the field for Iowa.
“If we could get them in because it meant we were winning, that would be a great thing. I’d be OK with that on a couple of fronts,’’ Ferentz said.
5. There are similarities in the offensive approach Missouri State takes to what Iowa dealt with last week against Northern Illinois.
In addition to throwing for 189 yards, quarterback Kierra Smith led the Bears with 52 rushing yards and scored both of the team’s touchdowns on 1-yard runs in Missouri State’s 23-17 season-opening loss to Northwestern State.
“A lot of their plays are similar to what we saw last week,’’ linebacker James Morris said. “They have different players than Northern Illinois, but they are a skilled football team and I’m sure they will come here ready to play. They won’t be a pushover.’’
6. Robert Allen, the father of Missouri State coach Terry Allen, played football at Iowa and lettered during the 1937 and 1938 seasons. He also was a two-time national champion in the pool for Iowa as a member of the Hawkeye swimming team’s 300-yard medley relay which won national titles.
Robert Allen went on to work as Iowa’s head men’s swimming coach for 16 years and also spent time as an assistant football coach for the Hawkeyes.
Terry Allen is a graduate of Iowa City West, where he started at quarterback before starting at Northern Iowa as the position from 1976-78.
7. And because you need to know, the Hawkeyes have had at least one former player on a Super Bowl roster for 10 consecutive seasons.
That is the eighth-longest streak of any program in the country.
Nebraska has had a player in the Super Bowl in each of the last 20 years, following by Purdue at 14, Ohio State, LSU, Georgia and Illinois at 12 each, Florida at 11, Iowa at 10 and Texas at eight.
8. Muscatine native Ben Barkema is in his first season as an assistant coach on Terry Allen’s staff at Missouri State.
The former Iowa State tight end coaches the Bears’ tight ends, joining the staff after spending the 2012 season as a special teams assistant and video coordinator at Upper Iowa. Barkema previously spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at Iowa State.
9. James Morris will become the 16th Hawkeye to record 300 tackles in his career when he makes his next tackle.
The senior linebacker from Solon, Iowa, had six stops in Iowa’s season opener and he currently sits behind Mike Wells at 313 on the Hawkeyes’ career list.
10. Iowa is offering $25 youth tickets for Saturday’s game with Missouri State and a Sept. 21 game against Western Michigan.
Around 3,000 general public tickets remain for this week’s game and can be purchased through the Iowa athletic ticket office.