Iowa names QB Beathard as starter, replacing Rudock

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa has named C.J. Beathard its starting quarterback, replacing two-year starter Jake Rudock.

Beathard was ranked first on a new depth chart released Thursday. Beathard, who will be a junior next season, was 52 of 92 passing last season with 5 TDs in relief of Rudock.

Rudock, who will be a senior, threw for 2,436 yards and 16 TDs last season. But Iowa’s offense was inconsistent, and it bottomed out in a 45-28 loss to Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl that was much more lopsided than the final score.

Coach Kirk Ferentz also says he’ll meet with the media on Wednesday to discuss the program.