Iowa QB Beathard says Hawkeyes are "his team"

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard says the Hawkeyes are ''his team'' now that former starter Jake Rudock is set to transfer.

Beathard spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since coach Kirk Ferentz released a depth chart in January with Beathard listed ahead of Rudock, a two-year starter.

Beathard says he didn't have any plans to leave the Hawkeyes if Rudock had remained the starter. But Beathard added that he felt that he was a better athlete and that he could ''do more things'' than Rudock during competition ahead of a 45-28 bowl loss to Tennessee.

Beathard took most of the snaps against the Volunteers, and Ferentz announced last week that Rudock intends to play his final season elsewhere.