IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa has named its starting quarterback. Nathan Stanley will direct the offense in the season opener against Wyoming on Saturday (Noon ET, BTN). Here are five things to know:
1. Quarterback of the future is quarterback of today.
Nathan Stanley is a sophomore and turned 21 last Saturday. He looks the part of a Kirk Ferentz quarterback. He is big — 6-foot-5, 212 pounds — and brings a strong arm to the passing game. If he quickly takes to being the starter he could be leading the huddle for the next three seasons.
2. Stanley prepped for job by backing up C.J. Beathard.
As a freshman last season, Stanley beat out Tyler Wiegers to be the primary backup to Beathard, now with the San Francisco 49ers. Stanley didn’t redshirt.
Stanley’s stat line isn’t overwhelming. He completed 5 of 9 passes for 62 yards in seven games. The game experience was nice, but the real benefit came in practice. Stanley took some reps with the first-team offense. If he redshirted he would have run the scout team and spent nearly all his time running opponents’ plays. That’s not the ideal preparation for a future starter.
3. The sophomore was the favorite to win starting job.
The job wasn’t easy to win, though. Stanley didn’t have the best spring game and failed to separate from Wiegers. The quarterback competition became a dead heat.
Stanley learned from the spring and spent the summer working on his footwork, which was the key to improving his accuracy.
4. Stanley put together a standout prep career.
He led Menomonie (Wis.) High School as quarterback for parts of three seasons, winning 24 games and making the playoffs all three seasons.
He missed part of his junior season due to injury. Stanley earned honorable mention all-state honors, throwing for 1,728 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He also played defensive back and served as varsity punter as a freshman.
5. Iowa doesn’t need Stanley to go out and win games.
The Hawkeyes want to rely on their experienced offensive line and 1,000-yard running backs Akrum Wadley and James Butler to move the football. The Hawkeyes would be content if Stanley performs like he did during the Kids Day practice on Aug. 12.
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