The “Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God” has returned. Although, it appears its wrath is now aimed at the fullback position.
Iowa’s history of injuries and losses at the running back position is mind-boggling. However, the team has remained relatively healthy in the backfield over the past year. That came to an end this week after Hawkeyes lost their starting fullback, Adam Cox, to a season-ending ACL injury, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
The injury was described as a “freak accident” by backup fullback Macon Plewa.
“He kind of just ran up in there,” Plewa said. “I don’t know the details of it. But it happened.”
The Hawkeyes’ offense is built around their ability to control the line of scrimmage and effectively run the football. Cox was the team’s lead blocker and served as an integral part of the team’s offensive scheme. The contributions from the former walk-on was enough for him to earn a scholarship last week.
With Cox out of the lineup, the team will turn to Plewa. The junior played in 11 games last season, and he’s ready for the opportunity, despite the circumstances.
“I’m ready to embrace the opportunity,” Plewa said. “With or without Adam, I was ready to compete whether it was on offense or special teams.
“Whenever I’m on the field, I want to try my best and do the best for the team.”
High expectations have been placed on the Hawkeyes this season. The program is one of the favorites to emerge as the champions of the Big Ten’s western division. In order for the team to do so, Plewa will have to be a physical presence out of the backfield to keep the running game on track.
And Plewa better be wary of the AIRBHG.