Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis knows a thing or two about quarterbacks. He’s seen great collegiate quarterback play firsthand and has coached recent stars Colt McCoy and Vince Young.
But Davis believes Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard could be the best quarterback he’s had in nearly four decades as a coach.
“I think he has a chance to be the best I’ve ever coached,” Davis said Wednesday on KxNO’s “Hawk Central” program. “He’s got a wonderful feel for the game. We give him a lot of flexibility. He’s fixing to get a lot more flexibility because we feel like he’s ready to handle that and do a lot more at the line of scrimmage.”
Beathard played second fiddle to Iowa’s powerful running game last season. Iowa handed the ball off 568 times and scored 35 touchdowns on the ground (the 12th most in the country) while Beathard served more as a game manager than a gunslinger. He threw for 2,809 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions while leading Iowa to an undefeated regular season.
Iowa’s offense will still be run-oriented, but it seems as if Beathard will get more opportunities to sling the ball downfield in 2016. The high praise from his offensive coordinator suggests Beathard should be in store for a bigger role.
The question will be whether Beathard can back up Davis’ bold statement. If he does, Beathard and the Hawkeyes could run the table during the regular season once again.