CHICAGO -- Last year at the Big Ten media days, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz had no idea what kind of play the Hawkeyes would get at quarterback.
After Jake Rudock completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,383 yards and 18 touchdowns, and led Iowa to the Outback Bowl last season, Ferentz is more comfortable about the position this season.
“A year ago at this time we didn’t know if we had a quarterback on our roster that could compete and play in this league,” he said. “We don’t hit our quarterbacks in practice. We didn’t really know what his level of toughness would be.
“And I think he did a lot of great things in his first year as a quarterback for us. And the big thing about it, he’s a really smart guy. He’s an extremely hard working guy. Critical of his own performance. So he learns and improves. ANd he’s got great toughness. He’s got all the attributes I think of being a good quarterback.”