Iowa names Nathan Stanley starting quarterback, per report

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.

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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