IOWA CITY, Ia. - Running back Mark Weisman said there’s a different vibe around the Iowa football program during spring practice this year.
“I’d say it feels a little different,” said Weisman, who rushed for a team-best 975 yards as the Hawkeyes improved from 4-8 to 8-5 and ended the season at the Outback Bowl. “You don’t have that same gutwrenching feeling you have from a 4-8 season.”
But Weisman said plenty of motivation remains for the 2014 season to come.
“We have the same mindset right now, that we still have something to prove,” Weisman said. “And after last season, we know we have to work harder than the previous season no matter what. I think this team is a hungry team. No matter if we won eight games or not. It was a decent season. But we aspire for more than that.”
The Hawkeyes practiced in pads for the second time this spring on Wednesday.
“I hate practicing in shorts and a helmet,” Weisman said. “It’s not football.”