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Hawkeye Quarterbacks Look Sharp In Spring Game
By Marc Morehouse and Scott Westerberg, Reporters
IOWA CITY Iowa has a quarterback "something" going on. What that something is remains to be seen and won't take shape until August, but it's a something that will involve two quarterbacks.
Offensive coordinator Greg Davis said last week that Iowa's offensive staff threw around the idea of a package for sophomore quarterback C.J. Beathard. He also said junior Jake Rudock was the definite starter.
After Saturday's spring game a 46-31 victory for the offense before an estimated crowd of 20,000 at Kinnick Stadium head coach Kirk Ferentz said playing two quarterbacks in games is "very realistic,"
"It was on the board coming out of the recruiting phase," Ferentz said, "and after watching this spring, I think it's very realistic. They both do somethings well."
Ferentz said both quarterbacks have improved this spring. Beathard got the longer look Saturday. He led the first-team offense in the second half and finished 21 of 39 for 349 yards and a touchdown. Rudock was the starter and completed 11 of 22 for 165 yards with a TD and interception.
"I'll be clear about this," Ferentz said. "Jake has really elevated his performance. He's a better player than he was in January. When you have two players who you have confidence in, I think it makes sense to play them in a game. The tricky part is with quarterbacks, it's a little bit different, but I think that's realistic and it's certainly something we're going to talk about when we get back together football-wise in June."
Rudock started all 13 games last season. Beathard finished three that Rudock was forced to leave because of knee injuries. Sounds as though the door has opened, if even a little, for Beathard.
"I don't know, that's really up to him [coach Davis]," Rudock said when asked about the prospect. "Right now, it's just about finishing spring and look to get better in the off-season."
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