And Then There Were Three In Cyclone QB Battle

By Rob Gray, Reporter

Iowa State quarterback, Jared Barnett, looks for an open teammate during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Oklahoma State defeated Iowa State 31-10.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)


By Grant Burkhardt

AMES, Iowa — All work, no talk.

Iowa State’s three potential starting quarterbacks for Saturday’s 6 p.m. Big 12 matchup against Baylor (3-3, 0-3) at Jack Trice Stadium are off-limits to media this week.

“I have the right to do that,” Cyclone Coach Paul Rhoads said lightheartedly Sunday night.

Yes, he does.

Rhoads and his staff are looking for much more than words from Jared Barnett, Steele Jantz and Sam Richardson anyway.

Behind-the-scenes success with the usual buzz terms — accuracy, decision-making, execution — will be gleaned from reps roughly split evenly this week among the top three ISU playcallers.

“We’ll see who has a great week of practice,” said Rhoads, who started Barnett in Saturday’s 31-10 loss at Oklahoma State, but played erstwhile starter Jantz in the fourth quarter. “That’s exactly what Jared did last week. That’s why he was the starting quarterback for that game.”

Barnett — in his second straight start — shined early against the Cowboys, leading the Cyclones (4-3, 1-3) to a 10-7 lead. He completed 7-of-12 first-quarter passes, including a touchdown to Quenton Bundrage, but threw an interception while connecting on 12 of his next 27 throws.

Jantz, who started the first four games of the season but struggled with turnovers, completed 4-of-9 passes Saturday for 34 yards.

He also embarked on an ill-fated run on fourth down and 14 at the Oklahoma State 20-yard line late in the game that ended up gaining four yards.

“I thought he looked good,” Rhoads said. “Scrambling on fourth and 14 is something you can’t do. You’ve got to scramble and find a way to throw — especially at that point in the game. That was disappointing and he hung his head on that one.”

Enter Richardson, a confident but green red-shirt freshman who has yet to throw a collegiate pass, but did rush two times for 25 yards in the Sept. 15 rout of Western Illinois.

“He’s probably the most natural thrower out of the three guys,” Rhoads said. “He doesn’t look athletic when he runs, but he’s effective. He’s getting more aggressive as the leader of the offense and needs to see that translated in his decision-making.”

Rhoads said he was surprised to see Barnett eventually falter after Saturday’s hot start. Barnett also served as a catalyst in ISU’s 37-23 upset win at Texas Christian three weeks ago and won an under-wraps quarterback competition last week.

“Usually game week preparation leads to game day execution,” Rhoads said. “There’s not a finer young man on our team.”

Conversation Guidelines

Be Kind

Don't use abusive, offensive, threatening, racist, vulgar or sexually-oriented language.
Don't attack someone personally. Keep it civil and be responsible.

Share Knowledge

Be truthful. Share what you know and what you are passionate about.
What more do you want to learn? Keep it simple.

Stay focused

Promote lively and healthy debate. Stay on topic. Ask questions and give feedback on the story's topic.

Report Trouble

Help us maintain a quality comment section by reporting comments that are offensive. If you see a comment that is offensive, or you feel violates our guidelines, simply click on the "x" to the far right of the comment to report it.

read the full guidelines here »

Commenting will be disabled on stories dealing with the following subject matter: Crime, sexual abuse, property fires, automobile accidents, Amber Alerts, Operation Quickfinds and suicides.

facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG