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Iowa QB Petras Focusing On Personal Growth This Spring

Spencer Petras is the favorite to be Iowa’s starting quarterback in the fall of 2021, but that doesn’t mean he has locked down the job.

Still, Petras is approaching spring practice as if everyone else is playing for second.

“I’m not worrying about competition from other guys,” Petras told the media. “I’m more focused on myself.”

Petras is a 6-foot-5 senior. He started all eight games for the Hawkeyes in 2020, completing 140 of 245 passes for 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions. The Hawkeyes finished 6-2 before their matchup against Missouri in the Music City Bowl in Nashville was cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns.

Petras’ main competition comes from backup Alex Padilla and redshirt freshman Deuce Hogan.

While Petras is confident after leading Iowa to six straight wins to finish the season, he also know there is room for improvement.

“For me, it’s taking gifts more efficiently,” he said. “If I have an easy completion I might as well take it, that kind of thing. The other big thing is ball placement on the timing routes. That’s an area where I know I can improve and I have the last eight weeks. I really want to focus on taking matchups when they present themselves.’’

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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