IOWA CITY — Akrum Wadley showed up for interviews on Tuesday wearing a white wrap on one of his knees.
It wasn’t any big deal, the senior insisted.
“That’s for fashion,’’ Wadley said, adding a quick, “I’m fine.’’
That also describes what has transpired on the field for Wadley so far this season.
Through the first two games of the season, Wadley has simply been styling.
“Akrum does some stuff with the ball in his hands that none of us can coach,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.
Iowa State found that out last weekend when Wadley took a short pass from quarterback Nate Stanley and turned it into a 46-yard touchdown reception that allowed the Hawkeyes to tie the game at 38-38 with 1 minute, 9 seconds remaining in regulation.
Wadley turned the play into a human highlight reel.
He blended quickness and elusiveness with patience and strength. He danced along the sideline, took a sharp cut following a block by Nick Easley and then blasted his way past two Cyclone defenders at the goal line.
“When you see him do something like that, it’s like ‘whoa,’ but that’s who he is and that’s what he does,’’ Stanley said. “We see it every day in practice.’’
Only one back in the Big Ten, Minnesota’s Rodney Smith, has carried the football more than the 52 times Wadley has rushed during the Hawkeyes’ first two games.
When adding his 52 carries to four receptions and four kick returns during Iowa’s 2-0 start, Wadley has been the Big Ten’s leading workhorse during the initial weeks of the season.
He enters Saturday’s…
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