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."