Sokol leaves Hawkeyes for Louisiana Tech opportunity

2014-03-13T20:17:00Z 2014-03-14T07:40:42Z Sokol leaves Hawkeyes for Louisiana Tech opportunitySteve Batterson The Quad-City Times

Finishing third in what turned into a two-player race for Iowa’s starting quarterback position last fall, Cody Sokol will take his arm to Louisiana Tech for his senior season of eligibility.

Sokol announced on Twitter on Thursday night that he has finalized plans to enroll at the Conference USA school where he will be eligible immediately as a fifth-year graduate student after earning his undergraduate degree from Iowa in May.

“Couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities placed in front of me," Sokol wrote. “… Happy to finally say I’m a Bulldog. #Louisiana Tech."

His decision comes 12 days before the start of spring practices at Iowa, where Sokol was unable to work his way past two younger quarterbacks, 13-game starter Jake Rudock and backup C.J. Beathard, as the Hawkeyes played their way to an 8-5 record last season.

Sokol was expected to face additional competition this spring from Nic Shimonek, who redshirted as a freshman last fall.

A 6-foot-2, 215-pound transfer from Scottsdale Community College where he threw for 3,807 yards as a sophomore in 2011, Sokol saw the first action of his career late in Iowa’s 38-17 win at Nebraska last season but recorded no statistics in the game.

At Louisiana Tech, he joins a program looking for help at quarterback although sophomore Ryan Higgins and senior Scotty Young return after splitting snaps during a 4-8 season in 2013 under first-year coach Skip Holtz.

“Quarterback is a position where we have to get better," Holtz said in a release this week detailing the team’s spring practice needs. “We are going to continue to try and bring players in here that are going to give us a chance to improve and compete, but I think Ryan and Scotty have to get better."

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2015 Hawkeyes (0-0)

Date Opponent Time/result
9/5/2015 Illinois State TBA
9/12/2015 at Iowa State TBA
9/19/2015 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
9/26/2015 North Texas TBA
10/3/2015 at Wisconsin TBA
10/10/2015 Illinois TBA
10/17/2015 at Northwestern TBA
10/31/2015 Maryland TBA
11/7/2015 at Indiana TBA
11/14/2015 Minnesota 7 p.m.
11/21/2015 Purdue TBA
11/27/2015 at Nebraska TBA

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8/30/2014 Northern Iowa W 31-23
9/6/2014 Ball State W 17-13
9/13/2014 Iowa State L 20-17
9/20/2014 at Pittsburgh W 24-20
9/27/2014 at Purdue W 24-10
10/11/2014 Indiana W 45-29
10/18/2014 at Maryland L 38-31
11/1/2014 Northwestern W 48-7
11/8/2014 at Minnesota L 51-14
11/15/2014 at Illinois W 30-14
11/22/2014 Wisconsin  L 26-24
11/28/2014 Nebraska L 37-34
1/2/2015 Tennessee L 45-28


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Hawkeyes bowl history

1957 Rose   Oregon State W 35-19
1959 Rose   California W 38-12
1982 Rose   Washington L 28-0
1982 Peach   Tennessee W 28-22
1983 Gator   Florida L 14-6
1984 Freedom   Texas W 55-17
1986 Rose   UCLA L 45-28
1986 Holiday   SDSU W 39-38
1987 Holiday   Wyoming W 20-19
1988 Peach   NC State L 28-23
1991 Rose   Washington L 46-34
1991 Holiday   BYU T 13-13
1993 Alamo   California L 37-3
1995 Sun   Washington W 38-18
1996 Alamo   Texas Tech W 27-0
1997 Sun   Arizona State L 17-7
2001 Alamo   Texas Tech W 19-16
2003 Orange   USC L 38-17
2004 Outback   Florida W 37-17
2005 Capital One LSU W 30-25
2006 Outback   Florida L 31-24
2006 Alamo   Texas L 26-24
2009 Outback   South Carolina W 31-10
2010 Orange   Georgia Tech W 24-14
2010 Insight   Missouri W 27-24
2011 Insight   Oklahoma L 31-14
2014 Outback   LSU L 21-14
2015 TaxSlayer   Tennessee L 45-28