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Former Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard is getting ready to make his first NFL start for the San Francisco 49ers.

C.J. Beathard ready for first NFL start; naming Iowa’s most surprising player at midseason

Iowa football is always the main topic in Iowa Breakfast Club, Land of 10’s daily Hawkeyes notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Hawkeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Iowa football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Making a good impression

Former Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard is getting ready for his first NFL start with the San Francisco 49ers. How is he preparing for the Sunday game against the Dallas Cowboys? Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News explains and details why coach Kyle Shanahan feels Beathard is ready to start.

In his words

Can’t get enough Beathard? Good. Here is Beathard, in his own words, on his upcoming start Sunday.

Man among boys

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald paid linebacker Josey Jewell possibly the ultimate compliment. He believes Jewell is a generation player capable of playing in any era. Land of 10 looks into Jewell’s physical style of play and why it works as well today as it would 50 years ago.

Banner time?

Can Iowa men’s basketball win the Big Ten title? FOX analyst Jim Jackson told Land of 10 he thinks the Hawkeyes have as good a shot as anyone else in the league.

No need for a trophy

Iowa and Northwestern hits all the requirements of a rivalry game, but the winner never receives a trophy for beating the other. It’s probably for the best. Land of 10 explains why any hardware would just be a meaningless trinket that cheapens the contest.

Who are you taking?

Which Iowa football player was the biggest surprise in the first half of the season? Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette answered the question. His list is topped by a few pass catchers.

‘Fat Boy’ slims down

Teammates called forward Cordell Pemsl ‘Fat Boy’ last season. He slimmed down and dropped 20 pounds. Rob Howe of HawkeyeNation.com spoke with Pemsl about his nickname, why he dropped the weight and how it will help him this season.

Divide it down the middle

Would Iowa men’s basketball benefit if the Big Ten created two divisions? Land of 10 tackles the question of the day.

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