Iowa is off to a 4-0 start and a large part of that is due to the quarterback play of C.J. Beathard. He's been a multi-dimensional weapon as both a runner and passer this season. He's came close to 100 yards rushing on two occasions already and he's lit up the passing stats a few times as well.
Beathard was named the unquestioned starter for the Iowa Hawkeyes soon after the bowl game. With Jake Rudock departing the program, Beathard had several months to take the reins and run with it, and he's done just that. He's one of the leaders of the team and has really taken control and ownership of the offense. C.J. has been the gameday captain for all four games, another sign that he has the trust of his teammates.
Through the first four weeks of the season, Iowa is the most efficient passing team in the Big Ten and C.J. Beathard is the most efficient passer in the Big Ten. His passer efficiency is now up to 157.8, just ahead of Indiana's Nate Sudfeld and Michigan State's Connor Cook. It can only help the offense but it wasn't a focus heading into the season.
"Not necessaril, it wasn't a specific goal for me or Coach Davis," Beathard said. "Our goal is to win the game. Whatever we can do, whatever I can do to help us wint the game, which has been obviously completing some passes. That's what I want to do. There's been games I haven't completed as many passes and we won."
Just like the rest of the Hawkeye squad, Beathard will take a win however way he can get it. It's a hallmark of this team.
"That's ultimately what we want to do," he noted. "Any way we can win is a good way to win."
And the next win available comes Saturday against Madison against the Badgers. Wisconsin is the first Big Ten opponent on the slate for Iowa and the attitude now changes.
"I think (it changes)," Beathard agreed. "It's the first Big Ten game of the season. We want to win the Big Ten championship. That's one of our goals. In order for that to happen, we have to win these Big Ten games. It's great to win the non-conference games to give us some momentum at 4-0 but now what really matters is Big Ten play. We got to bring our juice and play our best football."