IOWA CITY - Mark Weisman may be averaging 28 carries a game, but coach Kirk Ferentz believes there are still plenty of carries to go around for the rest of Iowa's backs.
"We feel good about all four of our backs and we need to get them involved more. That will be part of our discussion this week," Ferentz said today at his weekly news conference.
In addition to the 145 yards Weisman gained on a career-high 35 carries, Damon Bullock enjoyed his most productive game of the season as well in the Hawkeyes' 27-21 win at Iowa State.
"We still feel like Damon is a starter for us as well and Jordan has helped us," Ferentz said. "Jordan (Canzeri) is someone we need to get more involved. The question is how to get all three of them involved and how to do it within the flow of the game."
Ferentz has been pleased with what he has seen of freshman LeShun Daniels, too, and said all four backs will likely be asked to perform at critical moments at some point in the season.
Iowa hosts its final tune up before the start of Big Ten play on Saturday, hosting Western Michigan at 11 a.m.
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The Broncos (0-3) have the 114th-rated run defense in the country, but Ferentz said Iowa cannot take anything for granted.
"They've played some good teams," Ferentz said, referencing Michigan State and Northwestern. "We need to keep at it, keep working."
Ferentz said Iowa hits the practice field today generally in good health. Defensive backs Jordan Lomax and Maurice Fleming have both been cleared to resume full practices this week.
Lomax has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, while Fleming has not seen the field yet because of an injury suffered in preseason camp.