The face of Hawkeye football, C.J. Beathard, got a haircut

Iowa's junior-to-be quarterback has cut his long, blonde hair after three years.

Chad Leistikow

One of C.J. Beathard's most recognized physical traits has disappeared.

Iowa's starting quarterback still has his giant arm and agile mobility. But his long, golden locks are a thing of the past.

C.J. Beathard, Iowa's new-look quarterback.

Beathard, a redshirt junior-to-be from Tennessee, has cut his hair for a good cause. He posted a picture, along with a brief explanation, on Instagram late Thursday night.

"Three years later and it was finally long enough to give to Wigs For Kids! Gonna miss the flow but glad I could help out a good cause! #noflow#cancersucks#gohawks," Beathard posted.

After throwing for 145 yards and rushing for 82 in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2, Beathard became the Hawkeyes' go-to signal-caller six days later when head coach Kirk Ferentz named him the starting quarterback over Jake Rudock – who months later would transfer to Michigan.

Rudock was known as the Hawkeyes' safe, sometimes-conservative starting QB, while Beathard was the free-flowing, popular backup. With one generous gesture and a pair of scissors, the face of Iowa football is again clean-cut.