Ferentz on Weisman's NFL future: 'People dig fullbacks'

Andrew Logue
Iowa running back Mark Weisman runs the ball up the middle for a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half against Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Senior running back Mark Weisman is among eight Iowa football players to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards (2,138), but it's what he does in short-yardage that might earn him a place in the professional ranks.

Weisman is 6-for-6 this season when it comes to converting fourth-downs.

"I think he'll end up on somebody's team," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "People dig fullbacks in the NFL. ... People in the NFL will really appreciate what he does."

Hard line: The suspension of Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who reportedly violated NCAA rules by receiving money for autographs, rekindled a debate about what athletes should be allowed to do when it comes to using their likeness.

Ferentz made it clear where he stands on the issue.

"Yeah, they're called the NCAA rules," he said. "We have a lot of people on campus that do a great job of educating our players (about) what the rules are on a routine basis.

"I think the important thing I try to convey to our players is, you may agree or disagree with our rules. It's kind of the laws in society. Everybody's allowed to have an opinion. It's a great country. We all signed up for this activity. We're members of the NCAA. You might think it's a dumb rule. You might think it's a good rule. You have to abide by the rules."

Unsung contributor: Tight end Jake Duzey threw a key block Saturday, springing Jonathan Parker for a 60-yard touchdown run.

It was an impressive effort for Duzey, whom Ferentz described as a fineness player when he arrived on campus.

"Part of being a tight end is blocking as well as receiving and all that type of thing," Ferentz said. "He understood that coming in. He's got a great attitude. He's a tremendous young guy and he's really developed into a good football player."