Iowa's C.J. Beathard 'should be full speed' soon

Chad Leistikow

IOWA CITY, Ia. — C.J. Beathard’s shoulder is good to go, and the rest of his body should be, too, when Iowa’s football players return to campus for summer conditioning that begins Monday.

Beathard’s quest for pain-free mobility has now passed eight months. But in an interview with the Des Moines Register, Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz said the finish line is in sight for his second-team all-Big Ten Conference quarterback.

In fact, Beathard was moving quite well in workouts a few weeks ago. He has been recovering from sports-hernia surgery since January, and then sat out the April 23 spring game after injuring his right (throwing) shoulder in practice.

“His shoulder was fine when he left (after spring semester finals),” Ferentz said. “He’s still working through the groin part. But he should be full speed. He was winning a lot of the races and competitions they were having before finals. It’s a matter of time, and fortunately time is on our side. I’m hopeful when he gets back here he’s 100 percent.”

Beathard battled through hip and groin injuries in Iowa’s final 12 games last season, starting with some hits he took Sept. 19 against Pittsburgh.

Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard has been slowly climbing back from hip and groin injuries he first suffered in September and October. His health is key to the Hawkeyes' 2016 prospects.

Ferentz added that two other minor injuries cropped up since spring ball ended, both to backups.

“By the end of (June), they should be no holds barred,” he said. “Nothing of concern right now.”

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Ferentz spent more than 40 minutes with the Register on Tuesday discussing a wide range of topics, including program momentum, lessons learned from the Rose Bowl, the happiest moments of his life, how he uses his iPhone, the 2015 fake punt that was called but never run and whether Iowa will wear alternate jerseys this fall.

The entire interview will air during Wednesday’s weekly "Hawk Central" radio show from 6-7 p.m. on KXNO-AM (1460) in Des Moines. Those that miss the show can download the interview later Wednesday night via iTunes (under your podcasts app, search “Hawk Central”) or Stitcher, or via the web at