As Kirk Ferentz tries to find a way to get the Iowa Hawkeyes back to their winning ways in 2013, he will first have to decide on a quarterback during fall camp. Coming out of the spring, Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard had played their way to a near dead-heat heading into summer workouts. With no clear front-runner establishing themselves this spring, could it be the freshman, Beathard, who wins out for No. 1 quarterback in the end?
He has some ground to make up on his competitors in the experience department. Rudock was the primary backup to James Vandenberg in 2012, though he didn’t take a single snap, and Sokol came to Iowa following an illustrious junior college career where he threw for over 5,000 yards and 67 touchdowns in two seasons. But neither has taken a snap at the major college level which puts them in the same boat as Beathard, and Ferentz says that all of them are about at the same place in the playbook as far as grasping the offense.
That opens the door for whichever quarterback can perform in fall camp to seize the starting job. While Beathard was relegated to running the scout team last season, he showed a lot to like during his prep career while he was being recruited. The young signal caller is a well-polished, big-armed passer who can make every throw on the football field. He also has excellent mobility in the pocket and can throw with accuracy on the move. His ceiling is sky-high, but he has to show he’s close to breaking into that potential before he can win this job.
Ferentz has admitted that Beathard isn’t that far behind the other candidates as far as learning the game and feels that he has the biggest potential for improvement of any of them. Will he be able to put in the work this summer to show that he should be the No. 1 quarterback for the Hawkeyes’ offense in 2013?