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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior running back Mark Weisman has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team. The announcement was made Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Weisman was previously named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 first team, along with junior defensive back Jordan Lomax.
Weisman, a native of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, holds a 3.32 grade-point average and is majoring in health and human physiology. He earned academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2012 and 2013. He is a three-time honoree on the UI Dean’s List.
Weisman is Iowa’s leading rusher for the third straight season. He has 206 rushing attempts for 802 yards and 14 touchdowns. Weisman’s career totals include 592 attempts for 2,592 yards and 30 touchdowns. He ranks third in career rushing touchdowns, fourth in attempts, sixth in yards, and 12th in scoring (186 points).
Weisman was recognized by the Big Ten Conference with Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award when the All-Big Ten teams were announced Monday. He is one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Award, which will be presented Monday to the top player in the nation who began his career as a walk-on.
In the last 16 seasons under head coach Kirk Ferentz, 24 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic All-District and All-America recognition 44 times. Weisman is Iowa’s first running back since Rob Thein in 1999 to earn Academic All-America honors. A year ago, linebacker James Morris earned first-team recognition.
Iowa, 7-5 overall, 4-4 Big Ten, will learn its bowl destination Sunday. The Hawkeyes are bowl eligible for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons.