Iowa football: C.J. Beathard ‘most competitive’ player, Big Ten TV update, Nathan Stanley’s footwork

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49ers QB C.J. Beathard a competitor, says George Kittle

Former Iowa and current San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard had another solid outing in a preseason game. On Saturday night, Beathard completed 7 of 12 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in a 33-14 loss to the Denver Broncos. San Francisco tight end and former Iowa teammate George Kittle, who caught 3 passes for 33 yards and Beathard’s touchdown, told Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee the quarterback is “the most competitive person I’ve ever met in my entire life.”

Happy days in San Francisco with C.J. Beathard?

A postgame analysis reveals good days are ahead for C.J. Beathard and the 49ers, according to Daniel Brown of the East Bay Times.

Read what C.J. Beathard and George Kittle said afterward

Here’s what both 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard and tight end George Kittle said after their game against Denver, courtesy of

Chargers’ Desmond King continues ball-hawking ways

Former Iowa pickpocket Desmond King, now a defensive back with the Los Angeles Chargers, snagged an interception in a scrimmage against New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees last week. As most of those who watched King at Iowa already knew — and reported by Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times — King doesn’t let size stand in the way of his dreams.

NFL updates of former Iowa players

New England Patriots running back LeShun Daniels was unable to play against Houston after an undisclosed injury. Daniels led the Patriots in rushing against Jacksonville in the opener.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien called wide receiver Riley McCarron “the spitting image of Wes Welker.” McCarron returned the opening kickoff in a preseason game against New England.

The Indianapolis Colts waived wide receiver Tevaun Smith with an injury settlement. Smith, who is eligible to sign with another team, suffered a groin injury early in camp.

Buffalo Bills cornerback Greg Mabin has taken reps with the first-team defense during camp. Mabin intercepted a pass against Philadelphia last Thursday night.

Minnesota Vikings kicker Marshall Koehn is “neck-and-neck” with Kai Forbath for the position, wrote Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune.

After a back injury early in camp has kept him out of Minnesota’s first two preseason games, Vikings tackle Riley Reiff expects to play next week against the San Francisco 49ers.

Big Ten football television changes impact fall viewing

There are plenty of changes associated with the Big Ten’s new football television package, from FOX to Friday. It will impact your viewing pleasure of the Hawkeyes and other games this fall.

Better footwork for quarterback Nathan Stanley?

In order to improve as a passer this season, quarterback Nathan Stanley had to concentrate on his footwork, wrote Land of 10’s Bobby La Gesse.

Efficiency key for new Hawkeyes wide receiver

Iowa newcomer Matt Quarells must learn how to become efficient as he learns the playbook, according to Land of 10’s Bobby La Gesse.

Iowa running backs have depth, versatility

Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette provided an in-depth look at the running back situation and whether Akrum Wadley and James Butler can get on the field at the same time.

Kevin Spencer could help Iowa’s special teams

Former NFL special teams guru  Kevin Spencer should help the Hawkeyes in those areas, wrote Mark Emmert of The Des Moines Register.

Linebacker Bo Bower is a tenacious hitter

Iowa’s Bo Bower is a tenacious hitter whose perseverance is inspiring. Here’s also a look at Iowa’s linebacker depth chart.

Freshman basketball player shows off kicking skills

Iowa freshman basketball player Jack Nunge showed off his kicking skills at Kinnick Stadium as the Class of 2021 took its class picture on Friday.

Jerminic Smith leaves for D-II program

Former Iowa wide receiver Jerminic Smith, who was withheld from spring practice because of academics and later left the program, has joined Division II Southwest Baptist.

Nonconference hoops lacks satisfaction

Hawkeye Nation’s Dave Schwartz delivers a good take on the basketball program’s weak home nonconference schedule.

Baseball opens with a win

Iowa’s baseball team, which is representing Team USA in the World University Games, beat Mexico 3-2 in the opener. The tournament is held in Taiwan.

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