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Thu. September 17, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

After sitting out last season, former Northeast standout RB Jeff Brinson rocketed up the depth chart at Iowa and was expected to challenge for the Hawkeyes' starting spot.

However, through two games he has exactly one rush for 7 yards.

What happened?

In this week’s Big Ten mailblog, ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg explains:

“Brinson has had a little trouble staying healthy, both in spring ball and in preseason camp. An ankle injury kept him out for much of the preseason, and he fell behind the other backs in practice time and conditioning. Brinson had a 7-yard run last week and has logged time on special teams, but freshmen Brandon Wegher and Adam Robinson seem to be in the lead at running back. Still, I'd expect Brinson to see more action soon.”

Iowa (2-0) plays host to Arizona (2-0) on Saturday.

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