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Greene will start at RB for Iowa

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz named junior Shonn Greene the starter at running back for Saturday's season opener against Maine. Greene, who attended a junior college last season because of academic issues, was left off Iowa's Week 1 depth chart but will get the start on Saturday.

The 5-11, 235-pound Greene had 32 carries for 202 yards (6.5 average) in 2006.

"He'll start the game and we expect him to get a good day's work in," Ferentz said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference.

Paki O'Meara will be the primary backup for an Iowa team replacing its top two rushers, Albert Young and Damian Sims.