Hawkeye Passing Game Looks Sharp

By Marc Morehouse, Reporter

DES MOINES, Iowa -- If there is a QB competition, it's faint. Jake Rudock is in command. He has a high comfort level with the system. He also showed a nice whip to his long passes and touch on the short ones. He did throw two picks. One was off a tipped pass by DE Nate Meier that LB Reggie Spearman was in the right place and right time. The other was a bad decision that OLB Travis Perry easily collected.

Kirk Ferentz said he's seen quicker, more efficient decision-making from Rudock. That's always a positive, no matter when that statement is uttered.

That said, C.J. Beathard and his development is hugely important. Three times last season Rudock wasn't able to finish games and Beathard guided home a victory in one of those three (it was over when Beathard saw the field against Wisconsin and Iowa fell short in the Outback Bowl against LSU) and that happened to be Iowa's first win at Nebraska since 1943.

Iowa needs Beathard. Without him, if Rudock is injured, it's No. 3 Nic Shimonek. He's not there yet.

WR Derrick Willies looked great. Thinking back on what he did and seeing the highlights, he is in Iowa's top six receivers and might have a shot at the top three.

WRs Derrick Mitchell Jr. and Andre Harris are an exciting combo. Mitchell needs some refinement in his route running, but the rest is there. He could contribute. Harris has great wheels and good hands. I think the X receiver blows the top off the defenses for Iowa. I see Damond Powell and now maybe Harris in that roll.

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