UNIVERSITY PARK — One key running back involved in preparations for Saturday's Penn State-Iowa game has fully recovered from an ankle injury.
And this one doesn't play for the Hawkeyes.
Penn State running backs coach Charles London said sophomore Bill Belton benefited from the Nittany Lions' bye week.
Belton suffered a high ankle sprain against Ohio University on Sept. 1. He missed three straight games, rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries at Illinois and only appeared in the first half of this month's 39-28 victory over Northwestern.
London hinted in a conference call with reporters today that Belton will play a bigger role in Penn State's offense Saturday.
“Bill is fully recovered from his injury,” London said. “The bye week really helped him heal up. He's still developing as a player. He hasn't played the position for that long of period of a time, but he still does some things really well. He's going to be a big part of our game plan came Saturday.”
Iowa also has a prominent back trying to recover from an ankle injury.
Mark Weisman, who has four straight 100-yard games, sprained his ankle in last week's victory at Michigan State. Weisman isn't listed on Hawkeyes' depth chart. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in his weekly radio show that the sophomore has returned to practice.
Greg Garmon, who played at District 10 McDowell High School, will likely slide into Iowa's top spot if Weisman can't play.