Beathard competing for 49ers’ backup QB spot, says Shanahan


Niner Nation might be seeing some more “Sunshine” soon.

That’s the nickname picked up at Iowa by C.J. Beathard, a rookie quarterback who has been competing with Matt Barkley to be the 49ers’ backup.

Coach Kyle Shanhana told KNBR those two have split No. 2 reps at training camp and are “battling pretty hard” for the right to sit behind starter Brian Hoyer.

“We really felt C.J., coming into training camp, earned the right to compete for the 2 spot and that’s how we’ve been doing it so far,” Shanahan said Thursday on the Murph & Mac show “We’ve been rotating them at practice and those guys have been battling pretty hard.”

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