"I mean, obviously, I want to be out there every single snap," Junior Jake Rudock said about hearing the news that he would be sharing time with C.J. Beathard. "That's my reaction. Yeah, that's my reaction."
Rudock started 17 games in a row after winning the spot last summer. After he was injured at Pitt on Sept. 20, Beathard led the Hawkeyes to a second-half comeback and then played all of their win at Purdue Sept. 27. Now, they're coming off a bye as they prepare for Indiana this Saturday at Kinnick Stadium (11 a.m. CT, ESPNU).
"It's cool to know that I will get a chance to play this week," Beathard said. "Anytime you can play, it's exciting. I'm going to prepare as if I am going to play a lot, who knows."
Ferentz said Tuesday that Rudock would start and Beathard would play. That's as far as the coaches had progressed with specifics of the timeshare.
"We'll have (a plan) by Saturday, for sure," he said. "But both are going to play. We have total confidence in both guys."
Most two-quarterback systems feature players with different skill sets. Rudock and Beathard offer similar styles.
They talked extensively Tuesday about the situation. See what they had to say in this HI TV Video: