One Iowa QB is sidelined in fall camp and missing some time, head coach Kirk Ferentz announced at his Friday press conference.

According to Ferentz, that injury is to Joe Labas who is sidelined with what was described as a soft tissue injury. Ferentz revealed Labas is the clear backup at this point in the process, but Deacon Hill is getting more work in camp.

Labas got his first career start in the Music City Bowl against Kentucky to end last season. He finished 14-for-24 for 139 yards and 1 touchdown.

Iowa QB outlook

While Labas remains behind Cade McNamara on the depth chart, hopefully he is able to get back to full strength quickly. Labas originally came to Iowa as a 3-star prospect in the 2021 recruiting class.

Behind Labas, Deacon Hill was originally a 3-star prospect who began his career at Wisconsin. He did not see much playing time before hitting the transfer portal after Paul Chryst was fired.

At the end of the day, a lot of hopes for Iowa’s offense rests on the shoulders of Cade McNamara, the clear QB1 for the program since transferring in from Michigan. He should be a step up at the position from a year ago as McNamara tries to find some of the success he found with the Wolverines in 2021.