March 14, 2007

Spring Position Battles - Quarterback

Today we start the first of what will be a five part series breaking down the most significant position battles that will be taking place in Iowa City this spring. Some spots are completely up in the air, while others are wide open. We start by taking a look at perhaps the most important position on the field, quarterback, where Jake Christensen leads the contenders for the starting spot.

For the first time in three years, there will be an actual competition for the starting quarterback position with Drew Tate using up his eligibility. Tate's three year run was filled with great high's early on leading Iowa to a Big Ten title and one of the most memorable finishes in Hawkeye history. It also included an injury plagued senior season that led to a 6-7 record.

In his three years, Tate led Iowa to 21 wins, tied for third all time. He also wrapped up his career as the 2nd leading passer with 8,292 yards and 61 touchdowns.

Now, Jake Christensen has a chance to become the next three year starter for the Hawkeyes after seeing action in five games this past season, including one start. In that one start, Christensen showed great poise leading Iowa to a 4th quarter victory over Northern Illinois. In the win, which was Iowa's final victory of the season, locking up the opportunity to play in a bowl game, Christensen was 19-30 for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

For the year, Christensen was 23-35 for 285 yards and had a quarterback efficiency rating of 144.54.

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