IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sophomore Nathan Stanley was named starting quarterback for Iowa’s season opener against Wyoming, according to Iowa radio announcer Gary Dolphin. Iowa is expected to confirm its depth chart Monday.
Nathan Stanley will be Iowa's starting QB Saturday.
— Gary Dolphin (@GaryDolphin) August 28, 2017
Stanley, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound sophomore, had competed all offseason and the first 3 weeks of training camp with junior Tyler Wiegers for the starting position.
In a move that surprised many people, Stanley became the backup quarterback last fall in his first season on campus. Stanley beat out Wiegers, who served as the No. 2 quarterback in 2015, and completed 5 of 9 passes for 62 yards and played in 7 games. When offensive coordinator Greg Davis retired in January, Iowa’s coaching staff decided to give every quarterback a shot at starting. In a full competition, Stanley gained the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff.
Stanley, a native of Menomonie, Wis., passed for 1,728 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. In a multiple offense, Stanley holds the Menomonie record with 3,674 yards and 36 touchdown passes. He was the team captain as a junior and a senior and started on varsity for four years in football, basketball and baseball.
Former starter C.J. Beathard was a third-round draft selection by the San Francisco 49ers in April. Beathard won 21 starts in his career and engineered a school-record 12 wins in 2015.
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