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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Breaking down Beathard’s play
How would you describe the play of Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard?
A reporter posed the question to Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz on the Big Ten teleconference on Tuesday. It’s a simple query, but it’s a complex answer.
“I think really the question is about our offense, in my mind,” Ferentz said. “Certainly the quarterback is an integral part of that. I think C.J. is doing fine. We are just not playing well enough right now to win. Three times we’ve come up short.
“There are some things that factor into that, whether it’s injuries, graduation, etc. But we are eight weeks into it now and we’ve got to find some answers so we can be more productive in the coming four weeks.”
Ferentz’s answer begs another question. How much of an offense’s success is the quarterback responsible for?
It’s a much more interesting question for Iowa. Beathard is good, but not great, through eight games, throwing for 1,380 yards, 11 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. It’s an assessment Pro Football Focus agrees with.
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 26, 2016
Is Beathard responsible for the times the receivers can’t get separation from defensive backs? Is he to be held responsible for an offensive line that didn’t give him time to throw early in the season?
Quarterback is the most unique position in sports. It can impact a game or season more than any other in sports. It’s also one of the most dependent positions in sports.
A great quarterback can take a good team and turn it into a true contender. Texas A&M wouldn’t have been the same without Johnny Manziel as the signal-caller.
An inferior supporting cast can make it impossible for a good quarterback to appear like one. Any Indianapolis Colts game seems to be proof of that with Andrew Luck.
Beathard wasn’t necessarily outstanding in the first eight games, but he wasn’t the biggest problem impacting the offense week-to-week. Early, it was the offensive line. Lately, it’s the pass catchers.
Beathard isn’t the same player from last season, but that one wouldn’t be putting up the same stats with this Iowa offense.
Now that’s a block
So this happened this weekend.
Scherff with a trap of his own against a 2i. Tougher than it looks when it's that tight https://t.co/1BzV4e6T5N
— OL Watchdog (@OLineScout) October 25, 2016
The play of offensive lineman like former Iowa star Brandon Schreff can get lost during the course of a game, but a block like this one certainly stands out.
Schreff, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 draft, has found a home for himself with Washington. He’s started all 23 games of his two-year career with the Redskins and he’s part of the reason why they’ve rebounded from a 0-2 start. Washington has won four of its last five and is 4-3.
No Cubs, no
It’s safe to say Iowa freshman men’s basketball player Tyler Cook isn’t rooting for Chicago in the World Series. In fact, he didn’t like it that the Iowa men’s basketball twitter account sent out a tweet about the Cubs playing in their first World Series game in 71 years on Tuesday.
— Tyler Cook (@KingCook_25) October 25, 2016
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) October 25, 2016
Cook isn’t a fan of the picture of his coach Fran McCaffery in a Cubs jersey throwing out a first pitch at Wrigley Field. Honestly, he shouldn’t be. He went to high school in St. Louis. He’s a Cardinals fan.
There will be plenty of folks in Iowa City rooting for the Cubs in the World Series. Cook just won’t be one of them.
Are you ready for some basketball?
The NBA season kicked off on Tuesday, a fact the Cubs fans amongst the Iowa faithful might have overlooked.
The 2016-17 campaign begins without a Hawkeye on any NBA roster, as Mike Hlas from the Cedar Rapids Gazette points out.
Devyn Marble is no longer with the Orlando Magic and Jarrod Uthoff was waived by the Toronto Raptors in the preseason.
It’s very likely a former Iowa player won’t play in the Association all season. Hawkeye fans will have to settle for watching Golden State and Kevin Durant doing things like this all season.