Iowa releases depth chart: Who's No. 1 at QB?

Andrew Logue
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz

Jake Rudock is the starting quarterback for Iowa's football team.

At least that's what the Hawkeyes' latest depth chart showed when it was released Monday in preparation for Saturday's 11 a.m. game against Indiana.

Does that mean C.J. Beathard is relegated to the bench?

Probably not – unless coach Kirk Ferentz is even more loyal than we thought.

"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 last week on Sirius XM radio. "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."

Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis said last week that both quarterbacks would play going forward.

"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."

Iowa's new two-deep roster also shed a little light on the health status of a couple of other players.

Running back Damon Bullock is not listed after suffering an undisclosed injury days before the Sept. 27 game at Purdue. Bullock has 1,052 career rushing yards, 443 receiving yards and is a solid blocker.

Sophomore receiver Matt VandeBerg and junior fullback Macon Plewa appear to be available this weekend. They've also missed time due to injuries.

It's the quarterback position, however, that will spark most of the chatter this week, starting Tuesday when Ferentz holds his weekly news conference.

Rudock makes a strong statistical case. The junior from Florida is completing 61.1 percent of his career passes (289 of 473) for 3,181 yards and 23 touchdowns. He's converting 66.9 percent of his attempts this season and engineered a dramatic comeback against Ball State.

But the Hawkeyes (4-1) looked lethargic at times. They were trailing 17-7 at Pittsburgh when Rudock suffered a hip pointer. Beathard came in, hit seven of eight passes for 98 yards and led Iowa to a 24-20 win.

Beathard, a former prep star from Tennessee, made his starting debut the following week and showed his resiliency. He threw the first pick-six of his college career against the Boilermakers, but settled down and used his scrambling ability to ignite another rally. Iowa won 24-10, and folks continued to clamor for Beathard to be the starter.