I took a look at some position battles over the weekend and came up with a top 5 list. Starting the list at number 5, is the quarterback spot.
Last year, sophomore Jake Rudock started every game at the quarterback spot for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He threw for 2,383 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first year. He also completed 59% of his passes.
His backup, C.J. Beathard didn’t see much action due to Rudock’s success in his first year, but did find himself on the field long enough to attempt 27 passes. The only thing is that he only completed 9 of them. He appeared in 5 games and his best game was probably the Outback Bowl when he came on in relief of Rudock. He went 4-7 in the game and passed for 55 yards including a touchdown.
I know that you’re probably thinking that this is Rudock’s gig no matter what, but Kirk Ferentz has said that the battle is being left open for the two talented kids. I think that Rudock obviously has the upper hand considering the experience he gained from last year and the year he did have wasn’t too shabby either.
Beathard has been making strides from his freshman year to his sophomore year, but I just can’t see Beathard surpassing Rudock on the depth chart.
I think that this is set in stone, but Ferentz isn’t entirely ready to close the door on Beathard.
This comes in at number 5 strictly because of how it affects the team when the season comes around. If Beathard does end up winning the job it will raise some eyebrows from your casual Hawkeye fan and probably all Hawkeye fans alike.
I expect Rudock to win the job when the fall rolls around. I know that that isn’t exactly a bold prediction, but it’s the right one.