He sprinted for another 57 on a second-and-10 play from his 13.
He is most animated when talk turns to his famous grandfather, who, at age 79, still jumps into the ocean to body surf during the family’s annual vacations to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.“C.Beathard, despite an injury that necessitated offseason hernia surgery, never left the lineup.“We changed some game plans up just because I wasn’t able to get out of the pocket and do as many bootlegs as we usually do. “It limited me, but we were winning still, so …”NFL scouts took notice, both of what Beathard endured and what he accomplished.“A lot of people like (Chad) Kelly at Mississippi.I myself think Beathard’s a better prospect,” said Gil Brandt, who served as the talent scout of the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-89 and remains a draft expert at When he has to run, he makes plays with his legs,” Bowen said.Nov 5, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback C. Beathard (16) drops back to pass as Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Evan Schwan (94) pressures during the third quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Sep 24, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback C. Beathard (16) drops back to pass during the first half of their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Points Solutions Stadium. Beathard jogs to practice at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. The Hawkeyes are in final preparation for their Jan. But who would have predicted a year ago that, in Beathard, the Hawkeyes figure to have the advantage at quarterback in all 12 games they play this fall? His grandfather, Bobby, spent 38 years working in NFL front offices and was the architect of four Super Bowl-winning teams. They wrote their own songs — five in all — although two of them had no lyrics, C. Casey’s assessment: “They had some really cool stuff. When you’re a teenager, that’s all you want to do is turn it up as loud as you can.”“We were actually good for our age, and I think — no doubt — if we had kept doing it, who knows where we’d be right now? Beathard led the state in passing yards and touchdowns as a junior and senior, totaling 4,546 yards and 42 scores.Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports Iowa quarterback C. Beathard throws during a March 30, 2016, open practice at the Iowa Football Performance Center. His father, Casey, is an accomplished country music songwriter who has penned hit songs for the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus and Kenny Chesney. In the spring of his junior year, he took time out from baseball (he was a four-year letter winner in that sport as a pitcher and outfielder) to put on a private workout for a football coach from the University of Mississippi.
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Back home, Casey could tell his son was conflicted.“He was tired of dealing with it. He said, ‘I know what I want to do and I know what I need to do.’ I said, ‘What is that? That’s what I need to do.’ ”Beathard arrived at a scant 170 pounds, in need of a redshirt season to put on muscle and learn the intricacies of Iowa’s pro-style offense.His next two seasons were spent battling Jake Rudock for the starting job, playing sparingly as a freshman, seeing more action as a sophomore, when he rallied the Hawkeyes from a 17-7 halftime deficit for a 2014 victory at Pitt. Beathard admitted to being frustrated but said he never considered transferring, instead preparing each week as if he would get the starting call.I didn’t want to be the father that (just said) the coach’s kid got to play, so it was important for them to show they were worthy of any position that they played.”C. said he appreciated his father’s pushing, and that it is still paying off.“I think that helped me deal with the pressures of college football,” Beathard said. Eventually, he was, and Hugh Freeze came on board, promising to bring along a spread-style offense.“I wasn’t that big into that offense, and I wasn’t a big fan of their coaching style,” Beathard said. J.’s new coach at BGA, Roc Batten, was a teammate at Vanderbilt of Eric Johnson, a longtime assistant at Iowa who was in charge of recruiting. The Beathard boys went through a musical interlude as well, forming a three-piece rock band with loud rehearsals in Tucker’s bedroom, to the occasional annoyance of their mother, Susan. Freeze promised to honor Nutt’s scholarship offer to Beathard, but Casey got the feeling it was merely the fulfillment of an obligation.“You want them to want you. J.) as much as the old staff did,” Casey Beathard said. Batten sent along Beathard’s highlight DVD and Johnson was intrigued. Beathard always believed his innate skills would bring him to this point, even as those around him harbored private doubts. “That’s a lofty comparison,” said former Hawkeye and NFL safety Matt Bowen, who writes about football for ESPN. J.’s a dropback passer that can tear apart defenses in the pocket, and that’s what translates to the NFL.”Beathard’s childhood was consumed by his family’s twin passions: sports and music. They played local benefits and middle school fundraisers in gymnasiums. He always put the ball there on time,” said Smith, who caught 15 touchdown passes from Beathard as a high school senior.
Beathard (16) is protected by left guard Sean Welsh (79) and Cole Croston (64) against Illinois on Oct. Iowa moved James Daniels to right tackle on an emergency basis that game when Ike Boettger got hurt. Now, Beathard is set to embark on a senior season in which he is regarded as the Big Ten Conference’s best quarterback, a likely NFL Draft pick and a once-in-a-generation player at his position for Iowa. “But football was my passion, so once I got into high school I started focusing on football. Still, he was a commanding presence in the huddle, Jordan Smith said.“He always told us receivers how he wanted us to run (patterns).
J.’s a very laid-back, chill guy,” said Smith, who is also entering his senior season, as a wide receiver at Tennessee Tech.
“He definitely likes to keep his friends close and have a good time.”Beathard downplays discussion of his ranking among college quarterbacks or of his placement in the NFL draft.
“I’m not saying he’s going to be a first-round pick. “I think the guy is a warrior, and that’s so reflective of your locker room. He soaked up some quarterbacking tips from Peyton and Eli Manning at a recent camp.
I also say he’s the best senior quarterback in the country. I know how those players love him.”Beathard, who expects to be fully healthy heading into August’s training camp, is eager to play a bigger part of the Hawkeye offense, gaining the freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage.“It will be nice this season to hopefully be healthy and do a little more running than last year,” he said. None of this fazes Beathard, although he does have one regret.“I’ve never asked for an autograph.