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I will watch the scrimmage today after work as I DVR'd it on BTN last night. I've read a few articles, which don't give anyone the lead.
Here are stats from the PC.
Rudock, a sophomore, finished 16-of-27 passing for 160 yards, but no touchdowns.
Rudock struggled in the second quarter Saturday, but connected on his final six passes, leading a 68-yard touchdown drive.
Cody Sokol, a junior college transfer, went 15-of-20 for 185 yards, while rushing and passing for a touchdown. Sokol produced the best statistical performance of the scrimmage by hitting tailback Jordan Canzeri for a 46-yard touchdown.
C.J. Beathard, a redshirt freshman, was 11-of-19, 187 yards with a touchdown pass. Beathard turned in one of the most impressive moments Saturday, looking off two receivers before tucking and running for 20 yards.
From the stats, it appears Sokol may have the edge, but I've also heard Rudock is the frontrunner.
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Does anyone remember which QB missed an open Haluska in the end zone?
As for the OP, I think it's a 2 man race between Sokol and Rudock. Beathard doesn't throw a tight ball and seems to be lacking the arm strength. I wont count Beathard out, but I think it's Sokol's and Rudock's to lose. My gut says that whoever is more consistent and less turnover prone, regardless of big play potential, will be the starting QB and as of now, that appears to be Rudock. It's way too close to just give the spot to Rudock, but I'm fairly optimistic that we will be in pretty good hands with either of the two.
I do think one advantage Sokol has is his experience in college games. Even though it's juco, it's still experience that Rudock does not have.
A lot of people seem to favor Rucock because he was the backup last season. Had Sokol not redshirted, I wonder if that would have changed and he would have been the no.2.
I look forward to seeing the DVR tonight. It appears from what I've read, the offense as a whole looks much better, although one may argue that the defense still isn't that good. We won't know until September.
I believe it was Sokol. It seemed to me all/most of his incompletions were long, as opposed to Beathard, who seemed to try to force it a lot. Sokol seems a lot more fluid in the pocket than Rudock. There was at least one QB keeper call, which is an interesting play given the no tackling rule for the guys in the red jerseys. His mobility may give him an edge but I agree that it's a 2-horse race between him and Rudock.
After watching the scrimmage on the DVR last night, I can say it's a 2 QB race. Sokol appears to be more mobile than Rudock, but both had positives and negatives.
The offense was very fast and the passing game was mostly vertical instead of the horizontal passing game of last season. The players look faster and more in tuned with what's going on.
While they appear to look better than last season's squad, it's hard to say because they weren't playing another d-1 opponent. If this same offense were on the field last season, I'd give them maybe 2 more wins at a 6-win season.
Still much more improvement needed.
It's tough to tell how Mobile the guys are when the have the "touch sack" rule. You know you aren't going to take a hit so the guys were staying in the pocket longer than normal.
Personally, I liked Rudock better. I think Sokol is right there too. Beathard is a step or two back, imo. I thought CJ made some pretty questionable decisions. Rudock had a few dropped passes too. A couple by Tevaun Smith. Sokol missed Haluska open in the endzone.
I like that Sokol has some college experience, but I right now, I give the edge to Rudock.
It could go either way between Rudock and Sokol at this point, but, based soley on the scrimmage, I would give the edge to Rudock.
The stats, as they tend to be, are a little misleading. Sokol had a long TD to Canzeri, but the play was almost all Canzeri. Also, as someone pointed out, Rudock had more good throws that were dropped. The other thing I noticed is that when Sokol misses, he REALLY misses, whereas Rudock's misses were rarely genuinely poor throws. Sokol appears to be a little more mobile, but I was actually a little surprised at how quick Rudock was at times. There was a sack call in the first that was highly questionable, and he probably would have scrambled for 15 yards if the call didn't occur.
Two big factors will be consistency and leadership, both of which are hard to judge based upon a scrimmage. We'll have to trust the coaches with these, since they will have the pulse of the team moving forward.
Beathard certainly wasn't bad, but he would probably have to really light it up at this point to pass the other two.
If you feel like naming the starter after one glimpse I'll also bet Blake Haluska and Riley McCarron are your starting WRs and Tevaun Smith is warming the bench.
I agree completely. Haluska looked good.
I'm not ready to announce a starter by any means. Just saying I thought Rudock looked a little better. Haluska and Cameron Wilson both made some really nice plays on Saturday though.
I read this in Pat Harty's "Point/Counterpoint" article on HawkCentral yesterday:
"The system used by Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis seems better suited for a dual-threat quarterback because of all the short passes and because of all the plays in which the quarterback rolls out into space. Rudock, Sokol and Beathard aren’t statues in the pocket, but they’re hardly dual-threat quarterbacks, either."
If Harty's right, Sokol might have an edge because he looks more mobile to me.
The 2013 Iowa football team was a mystery to me before Saturday’s scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium and even more so now with spring practice over.
If Hardy is right, this time, it will be only the second time he was right this century. (Can you tell I don't have much use for Hardy after reading his drivel for most of the last 13 years.)
I continue my campaign for Rudock.......whether he is selected starting QB or not, he should be given the first snap or first series of the 2013 season. He has earned no less than that.
HE WAS TOTALLY HOSED IN 2012. Only back-up QB in Division I who did not get a game snap last year. Absolutely, totally, unbelievable!
Oh, wait, I forgot.........our starting QB was lighting the world on fire each and every game, each and every play, and we never lost a game until the last offensive play of each game. That really is the worst part of going 4-8. We were sooooooooooooo close in all of them.
Vandenberg was a 3,000 yard/25 TD passer the year before Davis came in, then threw for a very pedestrian 2,249 yards and 8 TDs. He had 67 net yards rushing over his career. In terms of mobility, he made the Statue of Liberty look like Lolo Jones by comparison.
Rudock rushed for 36 net yards as a HS senior and 69 net yards as a junior. I couldn't find any stats for Beathard's senior year but he had only 121 net rushing yards as a junior. Sokol rushed for only 123 net yards as a HS junior. And he's considered the most mobile of the three? Here's his highlight tape from his sophomore year at Scottsdale Community College. He has a couple plays where he throws on the run but for the most part, he looks like a classic dropback passer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exeYEE43vV4
Then there's Nic Shimonek, who seems to fit Harty's "mobile passer" profile. He completed 176 of 279 pass attempts (63% percent) for 2,718 yards and 35 TDs with 6 interceptions, plus 811 yards and 16 TDs rushing. Go to 1:32 and 2:22 on the attached highlight tape. He shows nice mobility, at least enough to keep plays alive. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAN-1FS2ujA
It was Cody Sokol who missed Blake Haluska in the end zone. Interesting note is that on the telecast, Sean Considine blamed the incompletion on Haluska, who he said 'should have kept running'. It didn't look like that, to me.
Who will start at QB?
Here's my answer: All 3 of them. I think Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and in a couple of years, CJ Beathard will have all started games for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
He should have kept running but I think it was more Sokol overthrowing him.
i watched that play a few times. It appeared the ball was overthrown when I watched it the first time. Then after Considine blamed Haluska for for not continuing to run full speed the entire speed, I watched the replay and one could argue that's what happened.
There is no argument that Sokol did not hit Haluska in stride. The only thing I would infer is maybe the ball was placed in the correct spot and Haluska didn't have the speed to make the play.
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