By Chris Palmquist
Chicago, IL-Kirk Ferentz won his 100th game on the Iowa sidelines last season on Oct. 13. The Hawkeyes then lost their final six contests.
Injuries hampered the Hawkeyes at the running back position as Mark Weisman missed two games, Damon Bullock missed six games, and Jordan Canzeri missed the entire season.
These injuries, along with shaky quarterback play from James Vandenberg, combined to rank the Hawkeyes 11th in the 12-team Big Ten in total offense and scoring offense, while they were dead-last in rushing offense.
Ferentz, however, expects much better production from his backfield this season.
"I never feel too good about that position. But we're certainly further ahead than we were last year," Ferentz said.
"Damon Bullock, I think when he was playing, did an excellent job. Mark Weisman at this time last year, we thought he would be a pretty good fullback...we kind of stumbled into him as a running back during the course of last year. Jordan Canzeri rejoins our team. He's healthy, had a good spring."
Despite the higher expectations for his team in 2013, Ferentz also knows there is plenty of work left for the Hawkeyes.
"Typically it takes time to rebuild. To rebuild a good foundation, it does. We won two games in the conference last year and we've got a lot of work to do obviously, too."