Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz clarifies Jake Rudock's status

Rick Brown
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz

The bye week has helped Iowa's football team get healthier heading into Saturday's homecoming game against Indiana at Kinnick Stadium.

And that includes quarterback Jake Rudock.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Rudock, currently listed No. 1 on the depth chart, is close to 100 percent and would start Saturday's 11 a.m. game against Indiana.

Rudock missed Iowa's last game at Purdue, with a lower leg injury that knocked him out of the Pittsburgh game late in the first half.

"He practiced and looked good Sunday," Ferentz said.

Ferentz said both Rudock and C.J. Beathard, who led Iowa's comeback win at Pitt and the 24-10 victory at Purdue, would take snaps Saturday.

In other injury news, fullback Macon Plewa, who has missed the last three games due to injury, and receiver-kick returner Matt VandeBerg, who missed the Purdue game, are expected to play against the Hoosiers. Both practiced Sunday.

Running back Damon Bullock, who also missed the Purdue game and is not on the depth chart, could return to practice as soon as today.

"He has a chance (to play against Indiana)," Ferentz said. "We'll see how the week goes for him."