Kirk Ferentz says Jake Rudock "still our starter"

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Ferentz said Jake Rudock remains his starter at quarterback

When he met with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis said that C.J. Beathard was the starting quarterback "if we played today" since Jake Rudock was only 80 percent healthy.

Davis acknowledged that could change before the Hawkeyes' next game against Indiana Oct. 11 at Kinnick Stadium. Davis also said that both quarterbacks would play against the Hoosiers and beyond. Asked who would start if Rudock was 100 percent healthy, Davis deferred to head coach Kirk Ferentz.

"I'll let Kirk answer that," Davis said. "He's the head coach."

Appearing on a college football show on Sirius XM radio Tuesday evening, Ferentz did just that. He said that Rudock, who couldn't play at Purdue because of a hip pointer, remains the starter.

"The bottom line is Jake did a great job last year, he won the job outright and was our starter all season long," Ferentz said. "He led us to eight wins and played really great down the home stretch when we won three straight (at Purdue, Michigan, at Nebraska). People always kind of love the second guy, so it's one of those deals. Jake has done a good job this year. He is still our starter. But obviously, when C.J. has had the opportunity he's gone in and played very well."

Ferentz also said both quarterbacks would see action the rest of the season.

"They both deserve to play," Ferentz said. "We'll have to figure that out as we go along."