IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sophomore Jake Rudock, who won three high school state titles at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas High, was named the starting quarterback for Iowa's season opener against Northern Illinois on Aug. 31, coach Kirk Ferentz announced Friday.
Rudock was the backup to James Vandenberg in 2012, though he never took a snap for the Hawkeyes. Rudock takes over a passing game that produced just seven touchdown passes last season and ranked 104th in Division I-A in yards.
Rudock beat out Cody Sokol and C.J. Beathard for the spot.
"All three returning quarterbacks have competed well and improved in each phase of our preseason camp," Ferentz said.
Bowl deal: The Liberty Bowl agreed to a six-year deal with the Big 12 that will take effect in the 2014 season. The bowl, played in Memphis, will pit a representative from the SEC against the fourth selection of Big 12 teams after that league's playoff representatives have been chosen. The bowl's contract with Conference USA expires after this season.
Appalachian State: Sean Price, last year's Southern Conference freshman of the year, was suspended "for an undetermined number of games" for violating team rules. No details were given, but the wide receiver was arrested Sunday by Boone, N.C., police and charged with being intoxicated and disruptive. The school also suspended backup junior quarterback Kalik Barnes indefinitely from team activities because of a violation of unspecified NCAA rules.
PITTSBURGH: Coach Paul Chryst released troubled quarterback Tra'Von Chapman from his scholarship less than a month after the freshman was suspended from the team following his guilty plea to assaulting a former girlfriend.