The Iowa football team wrapped up its 2014 spring drills with its annual spring game Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. An estimated crowd of over 20,000 fans saw a lot to cheer about, with several explosive plays from the Hawkeye offense, but head coach Kirk Frentz just seemed relieved that his squad made it through the day relatively healthy.
“I think, for the most part, a pretty good day. First of all, nobody got hurt,” Ferentz said. “Secondly, I think we only counted one (bad) quarterback-center exchange, which is good for a spring game.
“Overall, our team made progress and improved during the course of spring, which is what every coach is looking for, certainly.”
Many of those explosive plays came on drives led by the second-string quarterback, sophomore C.J. Beathard. Ferentz was quick to point out that junior Jake Rudock is still his starting QB, but he admits they’re thinking about getting Beathard into some games this fall as well.
“After watching the spring, I think it’s really very realistic, because they both do some things well,” Ferentz said. “I’ll be clear about this too, Jake has really elevated his performance. He’s, I think, a better player than he was in January.
“When you have two players that you have a lot of confidence in, I think it makes sense to play them in a game. The tricky part is with quarterbacks, it’s a little bit different, but I think that’s realistic and certainly something we’re going to talk about.”
Opening Day for Iowa is now 123 days out, when the Hawkeyes host Northern Iowa on August 30th.