CJ Beathard: First Game Action as a Hawkeye

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For me, the best thing about the blowout victory the Iowa Hawkeyes had over Western Michigan on Saturday was that it enabled the fans to see some of the future stars on the roster while giving those players some real game experience.  Some of those players got their first real taste of Division 1 football.  Among those was current back-up QB CJ Beathard.  It has been written that many so-called experts of the game view CJ as having better athletic skills and technique that the current starting QB, Jake Rudock.  But, apparently, the coaches’ view is Jake has better command of the playbook and overall intelligence to get this offense in a position to win games now.  For me, I’m taking the stance of feeling fortunate that we have at least two QBs who we can rely on.  In all honesty, however, if I had to call a favorite, it would be CJ.  I have an admiration for risk takers, probably because I’m not one.  And, CJ has the moxy of a risk taker extraordinaire.

As I said, CJ got to play some significant minutes of the game on Saturday.  From my amatuer view, I thought he did a fabulous job leading the offense and making plays.  The pass to Damond Powell was a thing of beauty, and he also showed us a lot of toughness running the ball.  Here are some shots I captured of some of his game action.

Beathard enters the field and into the huddle for his first series as a Hawkeye QB.

Beathard enters the field and into the huddle for his first series as a Hawkeye QB.

CJ Beathard's first pass attempt as a Hawkeye.  The pass was intended for Blake Haluska but was off the mark.

CJ Beathard’s first pass attempt as a Hawkeye. The pass was intended for Blake Haluska but was off the mark.

In the 4th Quarter, CJ prepares to fire a deep pass to Damond Powell.  It was complete for a 54-yard pickup. The play propelled the offense and set up Jordan Canzeri's 16-yard scamper into the end zone.

In the 4th Quarter, CJ prepares to fire a deep pass to Damond Powell. It was complete for a 54-yard pickup. The play propelled the offense and set up Jordan Canzeri’s 16-yard scamper into the end zone.

CJ's pass was perfectly thrown and caught in stride by Damond Powell for the 54 yard completion.

CJ’s pass was perfectly thrown and caught in stride by Damond Powell for the 54 yard completion.

Beathard carries the ball and sdives forward to pick up the first down.

Beathard carries the ball and dives forward to pick up the first down.

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