Three Cyclone Quarterbacks Fight For Starting Spot

By Rob Gray, Correspondent

It's still a three-man competition — Grant Rohach, Sam Richardson and Joel Lanning — for the starting quarterback job, Rhoads said, but the battle could be trimmed to two as early as Wednesday.

Who stood out most Saturday?

"I would say Grant was probably the top performer of the day," said Rhoads, whose defense delivered 12 touch sacks. "That doesn't put him (on top), necessarily."

Rohach, who threw for more than 300 yards in each of last season's conference wins over Kansas and West Virginia, completed 22 of 38 passes for a game-high 171 yards.

The 6-1, 224-pound sophomore also led the offense to three first half-scoring drives but tossed the game's only two interceptions to Kamari Syrie and former Iowa City West star Ezra Reiners.

"I thought the offense played well at the beginning," Rohach said. "Towards the end I tried to force a few throws, tried to make too many plays and should have just thrown to a check down or two. But overall I thought I did all right. ... When we hit the lull it was a little disappointing."

Richardson — who started early last season before injuries and inconsistent play forced him to the sideline — completed 8 of 13 passes for 55 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to converted safety Damein Lawry.

Lanning went 7 of 14 through the air for 44 yards, including a a few well-placed sideline passes.

"I felt better," said Lanning, who was less charitable in his self-assessment of an earlier scrimmage. "It was my first spring game ever, so it was a good experience."

Lanning said delivering the ball out in front of receivers has been one of the main focal points of spring practice.

"Getting it out to them quick on those little screens that we do so we can get the receivers moving," he added.

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