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Iowa depth chart: Which QB is listed as the starter?

Andrew Logue
alogue@dmreg.com

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

Iowa quarterbacks C.J. Beathard, left, and Jake Rudock pose during the football team's media day Aug. 4.

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?

Perhaps.

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.

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.