By longevity alone, Nate Stanley will go down in history as one of Iowa’s most accomplished quarterbacks. Stanley is one of only two quarterbacks under Kirk Ferentz to have consistently started since their sophomore year. The other is Drew Tate. In each of his two seasons as a starter, he’s thrown for at least 2,400 yards and 20 touchdowns, while keeping his interception numbers in the single digits. From his sophomore to junior year his completion percentage increased from 55.8% to 58.5%. Against Ohio State and Iowa State in 2017, he threw for five touchdowns and no interceptions. Against Mississippi State in the 2019 Outback Bowl he went a stellar 21/31, 214 yards and three touchdowns to one interception.
That being said, when all is said and done, will Stanley be considered one of Iowa’s greatest quarterbacks? He’ll have the numbers to prove it. He’s led Iowa to two bowl victories, breaking a streak of losses since 2010. The criticism is still there though: he struggles throwing the deep ball. If he shores that up, could he be one of the best ever? What say you?