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Iowa RB Prepping for Starting Role
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa running back Marcus Coker arrived in Iowa City last summer as a 6-foot, 230-pound physical specimen. But he was still just 18 years old, and he'd only seen the inside of the Hawkeyes weight room on a recruiting trip.

A broke collarbone at the start of fall camp further hindered his development, both on the field and in Iowa's highly respected conditioning program.

None of that seemed to matter by December. Coker ripped apart Missouri's top-notch defense for 219 yards on 33 carries in leading the Hawkeyes to a win in the Insight Bowl.

The starting job is now unquestionably Coker's and he's hoping first full offseason in the gym will help him blossom into one of the Big Ten's best backs.

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