QB battle still ongoing for Iowa Hawkeyes

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The competition for Iowa's vacant quarterback job will extend into at least next week.

Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said Saturday following a public workout at Kinnick Stadium that junior Tyler Wiegers and sophomore Nathan Stanley will continue to split repetitions with the first team as the coaching staff tries to find a replacement for two-year starter C.J. Beathard.

Stanley moved past Wiegers as a true freshman in 2016, but he does not appear to have distanced himself much during spring or fall camp. Ferentz said that a scrimmage set for Friday could help separate the two, but for now he's content to let Stanley and Wiegers continue to compete for the starting job.

Iowa opens its season on Sept. 2 at home against Wyoming.

"It's gone back and forth a little bit," Ferentz said. "Both guys have done some good things, and both guys have done some things that they'd like to change, take back. That's what you'd expect. They are both gaining ground."

The passing game is by far the biggest question the Hawkeyes will need to answer in 2017.

Iowa's wide receiving corps is inexperienced, and neither quarterback has showed enough to offer hope that they can help fix an attack that averaged a paltry 153 yards per game last season -- 118th out of 128 FBS teams.

Stanley appears to have the bigger arm, while Wiegers is a more vocal leader. Stanley looked like the more impressive of the two on Saturday, throwing for a pair of long touchdown passes in scrimmage-like drills, but Ferentz insisted that that was not necessarily indicative of how the pair has performed throughout preseason practice.

Sophomore Ryan Boyle is third on the depth chart, and freshman Peyton Mansell -- who made some impressive plays on Saturday -- appears to be in line to redshirt.


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