Sophomore Jake Rudock, the back-up to James Vandenberg last season, has earned the starting position at quarterback for the Iowa football team.

Coach Kirk Ferentz announced this morning that the 6-foot-3 native of Westin, Fla., will start behind center when the Hawkeyes open their 2013 schedule against Northern Illinois on Aug. 31 at Kinnick Stadium.

"All three returning quarterbacks have competed well and improved in each phase of our preseason camp,'' Ferentz said in announcing the decision on Twitter. "We plan to start Jake in our season opener, and we are all confident that he will do a quality job.''

Rudock was among three returning quarterbacks vying for the starting opportunity, joining redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard and junior-college transfer Cody Sokol in competition which has been ongoing since the start of spring ball.

None of the three quarterbacks has taken a snap in an actual game for the Hawkeyes.

Rudock threw for 5,082 yards and completed 72 touchdown passes as during his high school career at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., leading the team to a 15-0 record as a senior.

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The three-way competition for the open quarterback position was a first for the Hawkeyes since 2001, when Kyle McCann, Brad Banks and Jon Beutjer competed for the position.

Iowa will announce its full depth chart for its season opener later today.