C.J. Beathard named 49ers starting quarterback

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard throws during the NFL team's football training camp Friday, July 28, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LANDOVER, Md. - After the 26-24 loss to the Washington Redskins, San Francisco Head Coach Kyle Shanahan announced C.J. Beathard would take the starting job for the 49ers.

Shanahan benched starting QB Brian Hoyer with about six and a half minutes left in the first half. The 49ers were losing 17-0.

The former Iowa Hawkeye took the spotlight well, throwing for 245 yards and his first career NFL touchdown. He also threw an interception late in the game.

Beathard was a third round pick for the 49ers.

He also has a personal connection to the Redskins; his grandfather was Bobby Beathard, former Washington general manager.

Beathard will make his first-career start in Week 7 against the Cowboys.