EVANSTON (WREX) — Nate Wieting missed Iowa’s game at Northwestern after injuring his calf during practice in the week leading up to the game, but he says he’ll be back in uniform for this weekend’s game against Wisconsin after resting up on a bye week. The Rockford Lutheran grad is coming down to the final few games of his Iowa football career.
After two Iowa tight ends got drafted in the first round this past spring, Wieting took on a bigger role his senior year.
“Any year when you lose good players, it’s a good problem to have,” Wieting said. “Coach Ferentz always talks about next man in, next man up. As a senior you’re expected to be playing your best football when you go through this program.”
Wieting has improved in all facets of the game, from pass-catching to run-blocking.
“Iowa is known as a developmental program,” Wieting said.”So each year you should show progress. That’s what I’ve tried to do the past couple of months and throughout the season.”
Wieting says his calf injury will limit him a little bit this week, but he hopes to be peaking over the next month.
“Me, personally, I hope to get healthy,” Wieting said. “We’re going to keep working at it then go up to Wisconsin, put together a good game plan and hopefully execute.”
The Hawkeyes and Badgers are both 3-2 in Big Ten play, and a loss this week would eliminate either team from Big Ten West division contention, with Minnesota still undefeated. Iowa and Wisconsin kick things off at 3 p.m. Saturday in Madison.