Iowa QB C.J. Beathard was noticeably hobbled against Florida during the Outback Bowl on Monday, but Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz left apparently injured senior in the game late into the fourth quarter, even as the Gators continued to build a bigger lead.
Beathard’s performance suffered in the second half, as he struggled to move without a limp. He finished the game 7 for 23 with for just 55 yards and 3 interceptions as Florida outscored Iowa 27-0 after the first quarter en route to a 30-3 victory in Tampa, Fla. He was replaced by Nathan Stanley for Iowa’s final drive, with less than 2 minutes to play.
Many observers felt that Ferentz should have pulled Beathard from the game, especially considering that the quarterback has NFL aspirations and will participate in the Senior Bowl later this month.
Beathard is a warrior. But he's not healthy enough to play. https://t.co/1wnk0VHt5z
— Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) January 2, 2017
Man… C.J. Beathard is just getting killed out there. Another interception. Not sure why he's still in there.
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) January 2, 2017
Get Beathard out of there
— HAPPY MOO YEAR (@edsbs) January 2, 2017
Beathard could barely get off the ground. It is a bit baffling he's out there still taking this kind of beating.
— Derek Young (@DYoungScout) January 2, 2017
CJB somehow still in the game. No words.
— BlackHeartGoldPants (@BHGP) January 2, 2017
Beathard needs to be pulled. Guy is completely beaten and battered.
— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) January 2, 2017
“To be fair, this is a CJ Beathard decision.”
Players are always gonna choose to play. Coaches need to take responsibility for safety
— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) January 2, 2017
Smh. “To be fair, this could also be a C.J. Beathard decision.” That’s like blaming a boxer for wanted to continue to fight.
— Raphielle Johnson (@raphiellej) January 2, 2017
C.J. Beathard needed to sit 20 minutes ago.
— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) January 2, 2017