Ahead of Iowa’s game against Michigan State this weekend, Iowa quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe discussed how he’s helped tutor some of the inexperienced QB’s at Iowa. One of them is Spencer Petras, who’s in his first full season of starting for the Hawkeyes.

While he was talking about the inexperience with someone like Petras, O’Keefe said (via Shane Sturtz of hawkeyesports.com), “You never know what you’re going to get until you get out there and start playing. Spencer was in that situation. He had very few reps prior to the opener against Purdue. There’s a big adjustment. The speed of the game is incredibly fast on game day compared to most practice situations; especially when you couldn’t put any pads on until September 30th.”

He also talked about how proud he is of his players and said, “All the credit has to go to our players – they’ve done a great job of handling all the ups and downs that have come with the virus and every obstacle we’ve faced in the offseason, including social injustice.”

He also discussed some opening-game jitters from Petras and you can hear the full interview here:

The Hawkeyes play Michigan State on Saturday at Noon ET on ESPN.