Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says everyone will find out together how effective the Hawkeyes’ two quarterback system will be and how long it lasts. Iowa hosts Indiana on Saturday and Jake Rudock will get the start after missing the Big Ten opener at Purdue. C.J. Beathard is also expected to play after leading the Hawks to a pair of road victories.
“We are not even sure about what the plan is totally, the bottom line is we’ve have two guys that we feel really good about. I sound like a broken record on this, I apologize,” Ferentz says. “Both guys have played well. Jake’s done a great job for us, and C.J., when called upon, has really played well too. We’ll just try to figure out the best way to work it.”
Ferentz says there is no set plan right now on how much each quarterback will play. “We’ll have something by Saturday, for sure. But they’re both going to play. We have total confidence in both guys,” Ferentz says.
Ferentz is not concerned that the system will damage the confidence of both players. “What we’re worried about is moving the football and scoring points, and I think both players are worried about that too. We’ve got a pretty unselfish group of guys. We haven’t played the best, but this is a fun group to work with. They’ve got a great attitude and they work extremely hard and care a lot about each other, so that is the least of my concern,” according to Ferentz.”I think the my biggest thing is us moving the football and scoring points.”
Indiana is 3-2 and Ferentz says the Hoosiers are starting to turn the corner under Kevin Wilson. “They are very close, they are really close, they beat us two years ago,” he says. “Really since Kevin has gotten there you can just see the improvement they’ve made. It started as a tough game for us in 2011 too. So, they started playing hard back then, they weren’t as talented in 2011, but they’ve been moving the ball and scoring points basically against anybody.”
In a year with few impressive non conference wins for Big Ten teams the Hoosiers may have posted the most impressive one with an upset victory at Missouri.
“Last year they were that close to being a Bowl team and they’re certainly on that path right now. Talking about signature wins and all that kind of thing, you have to get some traction and going down to Missouri a couple weeks ago and beating Missouri — and that wasn’t a fluke win — that was two good teams playing really well. So, we’re up against a very tough opponent,” Ferentz says.
It is important to keep a defense fresh against Indiana’s up tempo offense and Ferentz hopes the Hawkeyes depth on the defensive line is an advantage as he says they feel they have 3 starters at end and they are deeper on the inside too.