Kirk Ferentz reiterates patience in Iowa's quarterback battle

Hawkeyes coach recalled how Ricky Stanzi didn't win job until September when he became the starter

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz talks with BTN's Danan Hughes before their Spring Football Game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Friday, Apr. 21, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz talks with BTN's Danan Hughes before their Spring Football Game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Friday, Apr. 21, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

WEST DES MOINES — With three days to process what he saw from spring practice and the spring game, Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz had pretty much the same things to say about the Hawkeyes’ quarterback situation, save for throwing out a pretty important reminder relating to patience.

In answering questions before a Polk County I-Club event on Tuesday in West Des Moines, Ferentz acknowledged the curiosity into the battle between Nathan Stanley and Tyler Wiegers, and offered multiple examples of when the quarterback position wasn’t crystal clear, yet ended up working out just fine.

It doesn’t have to be a love it or leave it scenario just yet.

“Even if one guy pulled ahead of the other one — which didn’t happen — we still were going to let it go into camp and see what happens,” Ferentz said. “The good news is we don’t need to know it in April. We don’t need to know it in August, even. When September comes, hopefully we’ll know it. When Ricky Stanzi took over, I think it was right at the turn of September. That’s when he got the job, just like Pat Angerer. They both took over about the same time. What’s important is ending up with the right guy.

“The process typically works. I think we’ve just got to be patient right now and let it play out.”

Neither Stanley nor Wiegers separated from the other in spring practice, which Ferentz said was somewhat expected given the circumstances and age of the roster.

He reiterated much of what he said after the spring game Friday night and again highlighted the mixture of inexperience both at quarterback and receiver.

Ferentz said Tuesday he hasn’t debriefed about spring practice with either quarterback, but plans to do so next week. He said, “there’s really nothing earthshaking to say to either one of them.”


“It’s really not a lot different than it was a week ago,” Ferentz said. “Their inexperience factors into this whole evaluation process, plus we don’t have a whole lot of experience outside. It’s really a mirror of last season once Matt got hurt. Until we get receivers out there the way we want to and really operating the way we would like, then our quarterbacks being a little more experienced — which I think they will be in August; they’ll be more confident — we’ll have a better grip on things as we move into the season.”


Ferentz recalled the spring of 2004 when discussing spring injuries Tuesday night. That’s not great news.

Add linebacker Jake Sobotka to the list of three ACL injuries for the Hawkeyes this spring, Ferentz said. Sobotka injured his ACL late last week in a similar fashion to safety Brandon Snyder. Offensive lineman Dalton Ferguson was the other Iowa player to tear his ACL this spring.

“We had three this spring; that’s a really high number,” Ferentz said. “It’s kind of reminiscent of 2004. He’s going to have surgery this week and be out also.

“(Sobotka’s) was a lot like Brandon’s. Brandon was out walking around campus thinking he was fine and unfortunately not. It wasn’t a dramatic injury, but ACLs sometimes can be like that.”

Ferentz also said Peter Pekar and Jack Hockaday missed the spring game with injuries, but both should be back by June, along with the rest of the currently injured Hawkeyes separate from the ACL tears.

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