The Iowa football team released its latest depth chart Monday morning, and Jake Rudock is listed as the starting quarterback.

So, now, it's a matter of interpretation.

Does this mean Rudock is able to play Saturday at Purdue, after suffering some sort of leg/hip injury last week at Pittsburgh?


Rudock battled through knee issues last season, proving his resiliency.

But what about second-string quarterback C.J. Beathard, who replaced Rudock in the second half last weekend and was the catalyst for a 24-20 comeback victory over the Panthers?

It seems unlikely that Beathard will fade into the background, regardless of what it says on the two-deep roster.

Once you've drawn back the curtain, it's hard to keep the Sunshine out.

Coach Kirk Ferentz said Saturday he knew a quarterback controversy was brewing, and he'll be peppered with questions about Rudock and Beathard when he holds his weekly press conference Tuesday.

Until then: Rudock appears to be available, and Beathard is a safe bet to take at least a few snaps against the Boilermakers.


C.J. Beathard speaks about Hawkeyes lead in second-half rally at Pittsburgh.

Iowa and Purdue kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

Purdue holds a 46-35-3 advantage in the series. The Hawkeyes have won six of the last eight and 18 of the last 25 meetings.