Iowa position preview: Quarterback competition still unsettled

Iowa football is back. The Hawkeyes are in camp, and the season is approaching. Land of 10 is here to keep you informed and get you prepared for the season. In August, we are breaking down position groups. Here are the quarterbacks.  

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Land of 10 will project Iowa’s depth chart for each position group before the Hawkeyes take the field Sept. 2 against Wyoming. Here’s a look at how the quarterbacks stack up:

Depth chart

QB — 1. Nathan Stanley, Soph., 6-5, 235 OR Tyler Wiegers, Jr., 6-4, 225; 3. Ryan Boyle, Soph., 6-1, 208; 4. Peyton Mansell, Fr., 6-3, 210

OTHERS — Ryan Schmidt, Soph., 6-5, 235; Tommy Herion, Fr., 6-1, 185

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Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley answers questions at Hawkeyes media day earlier this month. (Scott Dochterman/Land of 10)

The King: Nathan Stanley or Tyler Wiegers

A competition between Nathan Stanley, a sophomore, and junior Tyler Wiegers should come to a conclusion over the final few days of training camp. Regardless who is named, it is possible both will play at some point this season.

Stanley surprised most observers by leaping Wiegers last fall for the backup job in his first year on campus. Stanley completed 5 of 9 passes for 62 yards and played in seven games.  Wiegers completed 3 of 4 passes for 32 yards while playing in four games in 2015.

When offensive coordinator Greg Davis retired in January, Iowa’s coaching staff elected to open up the job. Stanley and Wiegers emerged as the leading contenders in the spring, and the competition has lasted throughout training camp.

Wiegers, a native of Lake Orion, Mich., passed for 2,093 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior at renowned Detroit Country Day. In two seasons, Wiegers threw for 4,558 yards and 46 touchdowns. He was a team captain his junior and senior seasons.

A native of Menomonie, Wis., Stanley passed for 1,728 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He ran a multiple offense and holds the Menomonie record with 3,674 passing yards and 36 touchdown passes. He was a four-year varsity letterman and twice was a team captain.

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Iowa’s Ryan Boyle discusses his return to quarterback after a year playing wide receiver. (Scott Dochterman/Land of 10)

The wild card: Ryan Boyle

Ryan Boyle entered the Iowa football program in 2015 with high expectations after leading West Des Moines Dowling to consecutive state championships. He worked a little bit as the third quarterback while redshirting in 2015 but spent last season playing wide receiver. Boyle appeared in just one game in 2016 and opted to move back to quarterback last spring.

Boyle is running third in Iowa’s quarterback competition behind Stanley and Wiegers. Boyle’s best attribute is his running ability, which could help him and Iowa if he enters the game at a crucial juncture.

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Iowa freshman quarterback Peyton Mansell signs autographs at the team’s kids’ day practice last week. (Scott Dochterman/Land of 10)

The newcomer: Peyton Mansell

At the outset, it appears Peyton Mansell will redshirt this year. Throughout camp, offensive coaches called the quarterback competition a race between Stanley and Wiegers and always mentioned Boyle as the third quarterback. But don’t rule out Mansell in the future.

Mansell has good size at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He holds numerous records from Belton (Texas) High School. As a senior, he passed for 2,526 yards and 33 touchdowns while completing 70.1 percent. He also rushed for 1,134 yards and 15 scores. Mansell has a good, accurate arm and good field awareness. He might not be ready this year, but he could vault up the quarterback chart fairly soon.

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