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Beathard makes quarterback debut

[ 0 ] September 21, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – With 3:20 left in the third quarter, Iowa football fans got their first glimpse of quarterback C.J. Beathard.

The freshman from Tennessee was replacing starter Jake Rudock, with the Hawkeyes leading 52-3. Still, there were some jitters.

“It was pretty awesome,” Beathard said. “You always dream of that as a kid, and then it finally happens.

“It was surreal.”

Rudock was 10-of-15 passing for 134 yards and two touchdowns, adding to his credentials as a poised field general.

Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard looks down field during the Hawkeyes' game against Western Michigan at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard looks down field during the Hawkeyes’ game against Western Michigan at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

Beathard completed one of his three passes, a 54-yard bomb to Damond Powell.

“It was just an all-go call,” Beathard said. “I read the safety off and the line gave me great protection for me to get it off.”

Beathard showed a nice touch, but was concerned he might have led Powell too far “Right when it came out, I almost thought I overthrew him,” Beathard said. “But he’s so fast, he just ran under it.”

Beathard also ran the ball four times for 30 yards.

“I love running the ball,” he said. “That’s one thing I like doing, the zone-read kind of stuff. I like to open it up a little bit.”

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was criticized for not giving Rudock some experience last fall, despite a 4-8 record, including a couple lopsided losses.

Beatherd seemed happy to make his debut Saturday.

“I think it helps me,” he said, “because I always wondered what it’s like.

“It’s such a big difference from high school to college, and you can finally say you’ve got a few snaps under your belt.”

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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