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Spencer Petras tabbed as Iowa’s starting QB

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Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras (7) runs a drill during the Kids Day at Kinnick NCAA football practice, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.220813 Ia Kids Day Fb 023 Jpg
Credit: Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen / USA TODAY NETWORK

Spencer Petras will be the starting quarterback when Iowa opens the season against visiting South Dakota State on Saturday.

Petras outdueled Alex Padilla during fall camp to retain the position. They also battled during spring drills.

“It’s a long evaluation and we evaluate everything about our guys, starting in January,” Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday. “Both Spencer and Alex are both quality guys. But just the time on the field, I think Spencer has outperformed Alex a little bit at this point. I think he’s further ahead and gives us a better chance to be successful.”

Petras passed for 1,880 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games (11 starts) last season. He also was a part-time starter in 2020 when he passed for 1,569 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions.

“I’m excited to get out there,” Petras told reporters. “With experience, everything gets better. I’m really happy with how I’m throwing the ball right now. … The mental side of it gets easier as you go.”

Padilla threw for 636 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in nine appearances (three starts) last season.

Ferentz said he wouldn’t hesitate to use both quarterbacks.

“I think we have two quarterbacks that are better than they were a year ago,” Ferentz said. “Right now, we just got to try to support those guys, try to build a good team around them.”

–Field Level Media