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Ferentz names Rudock starting quarterback for opener

[ 0 ] August 23, 2013 |

The obvious became official Friday. Jake Rudock will be Iowa’s starting  quarterback for the August 31 opener against Northern Illinois.

“All three returning quarterbacks have competed well and improved in each phase of our preseason camp,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said on Iowa’s official athletic department Twitter account today. “We plan to start Jake in our season opener, and we are all confident he will do a quality job.”

Iowa’s complete depth chart will be released later today.

Rudock , a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore from Weston, Fla., worked with the No. 1 offense during the Hawkeyes’ public scrimmage Aug. 17.  After that workout, Ferentz didn’t deny that Rudock was leading the  pack but said he wasn’t ready to declare a starter at that time.

“We’ll probably make some decisions this week,” Ferentz had said.

That decision came today. Rudock emerged from a three-way competition with C.J. Beathard and Cody Sokol to get on the No. 1 line. Beathard is a 6-2, 195-pound redshirt freshman from Franklin, Tenn.  Sokol is a 6-2, 215-pound junior from Phoenix, Ariz.

Rudock, in his third year in the program, has never taken a snap in a Division I college game. Neither have Beathard or Sokol, a junior college transfer. Ferentz said last month that he wasn’t concerned about a lack of playing experience.

“It’s interesting, you go back to (Ricky) Stanzi and he was 0-for-4 passing in 2007,” Ferentz said. “I looked it up. That argument this guy has never played…(Drew) Tate, I think, was 5-for-11 (as a freshman in 2003) in games that really didn’t count. It’s all about how fast they can move forward. But I think all three guys are capable.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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