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The quarterback situation at Iowa is a bit puzzling going into 2014 spring practice.
Jake Rudock was solid as a sophomore last year, leading Iowa to an 8-5 record and Outback Bowl berth, tallying 2,383 passing yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
However, knee injuries late in the season sidelined the Hawkeye starter and opened the door for backup C.J. Beathard. Beathard was impressive at times in relief of Rudock, which sparked some suggestions that he could earn the starting job next year.
As Marc Morehouse of The Gazette reported, head coach Kirk Ferentz addressed the issue on signing day, saying he has confidence in both signal-callers:
The good news to me is right now we have confidence in both those guys, they both have proven that we can win games with them, put them out there as starters and win games with them. That being said, C.J. still has some catching up to do. Jake has really accelerated.
We’ll let them both compete. It’s only fair to both of them that the best guys start. . . . I expect both those guys to play better next year and compete even harder, so that is going to be a good thing for our football team.
Beathard's development will be the biggest key to that battle.