Iowa's Adam Robinson Could Be Back Vs Ohio State

HawkeyeContributor INovember 12, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Adam Robinson #32 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs for a fourth quarter touchdown trough the tackle of Josh Hull #43 of the Penn State Nittnay Lions on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Iowa won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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According to Andy Hamilton of the Iowa City Press-Citizen, 10th-ranked Iowa's leading rusher, RB Adam Robinson, could be back on the field for the Hawkeyes this Saturday at No. 11 Ohio State.

The redshirt freshman has healed much faster than expected after sustaining a high ankle sprain against Michigan State two weeks ago.  Initially, coach Kirk Ferentz said that he would be out for the season, but now he's much more optimistic.

"That would be nice, but we're not banking on it," Ferentz said Tuesday about the likelihood of Robinson returning for the pseudo Big Ten Championship game.  "We'll just see what the week brings." 

Robinson has rushed for 629 yards and five TDs, averaging 4.7 yards per carry in 2009.  He's been a bright spot on an Iowa offense that has been less than stellar this season. 

"Not that I want to be a pessimist, but I'm a little suspect because of his position and we're only a couple weeks out," Ferentz also said. "I'm not getting my hopes up, I know that. I'm into bonuses, and if we get a bonus, that's great."

Robinson seems a little more optimistic, posting Monday on Facebook, "From here on out it's all about perseverance, time to knuckle up, ignore the pain and play ball."

"He's improving," Ferentz said. "He has improved rapidly. He's climbing the ladder. We'll see what happens this week."

It's not just Robinson that could be back.  FS Brett Greenwood and WR/Return Specialist Colin Sandeman practiced on Tuesday, and Ferentz said that they both have "fair chances" of playing Saturday. 

Greenwood hasn't played since sustaining a neck injury versus Michigan State.  Sandeman left that same game after a massive hit gave him a concussion. 


Thanks to the Iowa City Press-Citizen and Andy Hamilton.

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