More preseason honors have poured in for Iowa, specifically their signal caller in C.J. Beathard. The Hawkeye quarterback has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, a trophy annually handed out to college football's best player by the Maxwell Football Club.
Beathard is now 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, a member of the Iowa Leadership Group for the 2016 season, assuredly to become a 2-time permanent captain, and the focal point of the offense. His play in 2015 pushed the Hawkeyes to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis and the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena.
He started all 14 games a year ago despite injuries to his groin which was later revealed to be a bit serious as he had to have offseason sports hernia surgery. He's recovered nicely from the operation even though he had to miss the spring game (for a minor back injury) and should be functioning at 100 percent when fall camp begins.
Beathard threw for almost 3,000 yards a year ago to go along with 17 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions. He also ran for 237 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was the second team all-Big Ten quarterback