Iowa makes decision on how to handle QBs, sort of
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa quarterbacks C.J. Beathard and Jake Rudock both will see action in games moving forward, offensive coordinator Greg Davis said Tuesday.
"No set series, numbers, whatever," Davis said. "But we do feel we have two guys that have earned the right to play and have played pretty well. So that's the way we'll approach it."
Beathard made his first career start in last week's Big Ten opener, a 24-10 victory at Purdue. Rudock, who had started the previous 17 games, was sidelined with a hip pointer.
Davis said Rudock is at 80 percent, so Beathard would start "if we played today."
But Iowa has a bye week this week and won't return to the field until hosting Indiana in a homecoming game Oct. 11.
Asked who would start against the Hoosiers if Rudock is 100 percent, Davis said, "I'll let Kirk (Ferentz) answer that. He's the head coach. What I will say is we feel like we have two really good quarterbacks."
Asked if it really matters who starts, Davis said, "It matters a whole lot more to you than me. Right now we're planning on playing two."
Davis said both quarterbacks have different skill sets, but the game plan doesn't have to be altered significantly to suit either one. He also left the impression that if someone has a hot hand in any given game, that player with get more snaps.
"Part of it will be a feel," Davis said. "Part of it will be we definitely want to play two guys. At some point, hopefully, that will clean itself up."
MOVE ON HOLD: Iowa's staff was supposed to move into its new football operations center during this bye week. But those plans are on hold. Steve Roe, Iowa's director of athletic communications, said the move is now scheduled for the second bye week of Oct. 25 at the earliest.
ADD ANOTHER: It was reported last week that Mark Weisman became the seventh Iowa player to rush for 2,000 career yards. He was actually the eighth.
Shonn Greene was left off the list Iowa officials passed out after the game. Greene rushed for 2,228 yards during the 2005, 2006 and 2008 seasons.