Deacon Hill still a ‘clear’ No. 1 QB for the Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes Head to Wrigley Field for a Rare Showdown Against Northwestern

As the Hawkeyes prepare for their latest game after a bye week, they are gearing up to face Northwestern at Wrigley Field. This unique matchup inside a baseball stadium will be crucial for Iowa (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) as they look to bounce back from their controversial 12-10 loss against Minnesota and stay in the Big Ten West race.

The loss to the Gophers showcased Iowa’s offensive struggles, as they only managed 127 yards of total offense, with a mere 12 yards in the second half. It was the second time in two seasons that the Hawkeyes lost a game where their defense didn’t allow a touchdown.

This disappointing performance led to offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz being informed by interim athletics director Beth Goetz that he would not be returning to his role in 2024.

The team’s starting quarterback, Deacon Hill, also had a rough outing against Minnesota, with a pair of fumbles and a game-sealing interception. Hill completed just 10-of-28 passes for 116 yards, ending with a low 10.5 quarterback rating.

Despite Hill’s struggles, head coach Kirk Ferentz still believes he is the team’s number one signal-caller. Joe Labas serves as Iowa’s backup quarterback.

According to the Des Moines Register’s Chad Leistikow, Hill ranks last among FBS quarterbacks with at least 78 drop-backs in Pro Football Focus’ offensive grade and “turnover-worthy plays.” In response, Coach Ferentz defended Hill, stating that they have been evaluating the position since spring practice and that their judgment is based on daily observations.

It is evident that Iowa’s offense is struggling, and the team needs to improve in several areas. Reducing turnovers and avoiding negative yardage plays are essential first steps. Additionally, they need to find ways to make big plays and minimize mistakes.

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