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What two-QB system? Ferentz praises Rudock, doesn’t use Beathard

[ 0 ] August 30, 2014 |
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Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock throws a pass as Northern Iowa’s Isaac Ales rushes him. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

IOWA CITY, Ia. – There has been lots of talk about Iowa using two quarterbacks this season with the continued improvement of sophomore backup C.J. Beathard.

It remained as talk on Saturday, as junior starter Jake Rudock went the distance during a season-opening 31-23 victory over Northern Iowa.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he never considered making a switch.

“No, not at all, and if we do it, it’s going to be because we’ve talked about it,” Ferentz said. “We kept both guys alert that we might go with that situation.

“No. I thought Jake played a really good game.”

Rudock, who started all 13 games for Iowa last season, completed 31 of 41 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. His completions were a career high, and his yardage total was his highest since last year’s season opener when he threw for 256 yards during a 30-27 loss to Northern Illinois.

Rudock also completed passes to 13 different receivers Saturday, led by senior Kevonte Martin-Manley’s eight catches.

“I thought the biggest thing was the offensive line, they got everything going,” said Rudock, a native of Weston, Fla. “We ran the ball pretty well, and our receivers did a good job of getting open. And I’m just trying to facilitate them.”

Ferentz has talked about using Beathard if he felt it would give Iowa an advantage during a particular game. Beathard appeared in five games last season, completing 9 of 27 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown.

Rudock, though, while unflashy was steady in improving to 9-5 as Iowa’s starting quarterback. He was not intercepted Saturday; he was picked off 13 times a year ago.

Ferentz was pleased with how Rudock adjusted to Northern Iowa’s defensive schemes. Rudock often settled for underneath routes instead of risking downfield throws.

“You take what they give you and what have you, but the way they were playing we tried to come up with a couple ways to get it downfield a little bit better,” Ferentz said. “And it was good to see us connect on a couple.”

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.