A crowd of roughly 16,500 Iowa football fans was given a show Saturday afternoon by running back Jordan Canzeri in the 61-37 victory by the Hawkeye offense in the Iowa Spring Game.
The sophomore looked like his old self after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Canzeri made swift cuts and displayed significant acceleration at Kinnick Stadium. His performance was well received, both by the fans and coaches who watched him. Some of his family even traveled all the way from his hometown of Troy, New York just to watch him scrimmage.
"I feel like we were in an arena game out there at one point, but the players enjoyed that part of it," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. "You're never totally pleased with everything, but the players have worked really hard and I can say that about the majority of our 15 opportunities to practice. We have seen a lot of growth, more on an individual basis than as a team, but all that stuff adds up. We still have work to do as in putting things together, but it has been fun to watch the players improve."
All three quarterbacks, Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard, split the game action. Ferentz said the trio has progressed this spring and the competition will carry over into fall camp. "We didn't plan on making any decisions coming out of today. All three are doing good things and have things to work on. We'll try to address those things moving forward."
Ferentz said the quarterback battle will likely be made sometime in mid-August and it won't carry over into the first game week, leading up to the August 31st season opener against Northern Illinois.