Kirk Ferentz says he has an "open mind" as Iowa searches for a new starting quarterback.
IOWA CITY, IA (KTIV) -- -
The Hawkeyes opened spring practice on Wednesday. Iowa went 4-8 last season and missed a bowl game for just the second time in 12 years.
Statistically, Iowa had the second-worst offense in the Big Ten last season and was last in the conference in tackles for loss and sacks.
Two-year starting quarterback James Vandenberg graduated and Iowa doesn't have a QB on the roster who has taken a snap in the Big Ten. Sophomore Jake Rudock or junior college transfer Cody Sokol will try to make the offense go.
"We're going in really with a truly open mind. It's not like there's an incumbent there," said head coach Kirk Ferentz. "I don't think anybody has a clear advantage or edge. Jake has had the most repetitions. Being the number two guys last year, he took the most reps in the offense. Whenever the picture becomes clearer, that is when we'll move on it. A lot of times it goes a long ways."
Ferentz said that redshirt freshman running back Michael Malloy from Bishop Heelan, injured his ankle two weeks ago and will be in a walking boot for two more weeks.
Ferentz says starting offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, from Denison, Iowa, is 100 percent after a serious leg injury suffered last year against Penn State.
Iowa's last open scrimmage is Saturday, April 27th. The home opener is August 31st against Northern Illinois.
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