B1G Teleconference: Ferentz, Scherff

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz and left tackle Brandon Scherff took part in Wednesday's Big Ten teleconference with other schools in the West Division. Ferentz spoke about his quarterbacks, while Scherff shared his goals for the upcoming season.

At this time last year, Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard were locked up in competition for a starting position. Neither quarterback had played a college down.

Rudock emerged as the first-string guy in August and started all 13 Iowa games in 2013. The Florida native experienced mixed results and suffered injuries, which led to Beathard seeing important playing time, including during the Outback Bowl against LSU.

Rudock, a junior, and Beathard, a sophomore, are pushing each other again this spring.

"C.J. came off the bench and he did some really good things for us," Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said on a Wednesday teleconference. "We felt all along last year it was good competition. Jake has more experience right now but it's still a situation where both guys have to be at their best.

"We're bringing Nik Shimonek along as well. That's a different tier. But at the end of the day, it's a room of good guys and they're competing well. We tell everybody on the team that every job is open. So, it's just a matter of going out on the field and performing."

Ferentz and star left tackle, Brandon Scherff, took part in Wednesday's Big Ten Spring Football teleconference with other members of the league's West Division. The coach didn't specifically say how close was the quarterback competition. He spoke generally about being pleased with the progress of the participants.

"They're improved and they are improving," Ferentz said. "Last year at this time, those guys were competing for a job. Now, both of them have played games. The thing that is important for them right now is just like anybody on our team, we expect those guys to improve. The guys that have played should be smarter and better this year by using experience to their advantage. We've only had six (spring)practices but both guys are performing better than they did last spring and better than they were in December. Hopefully, they'll continue to build on that."

Speculation surfaced after the season that Rudock's injuries could affect him moving forward. Ferentz shot it down on Wednesday.

"Rudock is healthy, which, I guess, that must have gotten a lot more play outside of our building than it did in. We were very confident that he'd be fine. He just needed some time. He was beat up at the end of the year. He's doing great. So, he's perfectly healthy," he said.

Ferentz also spoke about Scherff returning for his senior season and what that means for the Hawkeyes. He paralleled it with Robert Gallery coming back for his final year more than a decade ago.

You can hear all of Ferentz's teleconference from Wednesday, here:

Scherff, a first-team all-Big Ten pick as a junior, shared some of his goals for his final campaign.

"The reason that I came back was to improve myself in all aspects of football - pass blocking, run blocking, finishing on the second level and just playing faster, smarter and hopefully becoming a better leader. We're trying to be the best offensive line in the Big Ten and my goal is to be one of the best offensive lineman in the nation. I just have to keep working my butt off and pulling people along with me and doing what I can do," he said.

Scherff also discussed his time as a high school quarterback and is transition into an all-American candidate at tackle. You can hear his entire teleconference here:

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