Beathard Enjoying Summer Freedom to Lead
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Iowa offense was splintered at this time last year. It had two quarterbacks leading, which the coaches and players said was a good thing with a high level of political correctness.
But we’ve all heard the axiom. If you have two quarterbacks, you really have none. That is to say, more than one muddies the waters.
That setup becomes even more clouded in the summer when the on-field coaches are restricted from working with the team. The players organize workouts. Quarterbacks call wide receivers and tight ends to run routes.
Hawkeye signal caller C.J. Beathard explained here Wednesday that it became confusing at times last May through July. He and Jake Rudock had to work around each other’s schedules to set up time with the pass catchers.
The juggling act has gone away this off-season. It left with Rudock, who transferred to Michigan last month. He sat out spring ball while he looked for a new home.
Beathard took over the team for March and April workouts. Now without the coaches, he’s organized summer sessions outside those with Strength Coach Chris Doyle. He’s found the logistics much easier now than a year ago.
"It’s different. Last year me and Jake were both trying to organize stuff. We’d figure stuff out together. But now I’m leading the offense. I’m like, "hey guys, I’m here we’re throwing at this time,"" he said.
It’s the newest phase Beathard is experiencing as the undisputed starting quarterback after serving as Rudock’s back-up the last two seasons. His expected start against Illinois State in the 2015 season opener with be just the second of his college career.
"It’s easier to lead now. I like that part about it. I feel like it’s my team," he said.
A lot will be expected of Beathard this season with Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz hopping him over Rudock on a depth chart days after last season ended. Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis is saying that Beathard gives the team the better chance to win and that the move was made for clarity purposes rather than continuing the competition int the spring.
"I don’t really feel pressure. We’re hungry. We want it. We like the pressure because we know we can do it and we know that we’re going to do it," Beathard said.
Public sentiment to replace Rudock with Beathard grew throughout last season. It reached a fever pitch during bowl prep until it was silenced with Beathard being named the starter and Rudock transferring.
No longer will the fans, media, coaches and players be left to wonder how things would go if Beathard was leading this team. He’s in his sixth month at the wheel.
Beathard talked much more about summer workouts and the upcoming season on Wednesday. You can watch what he had to say in this extensive video interview: