Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says we will find out who the starting quarterback for the Cycklones’ game against Texas Tech is when he runs out to the huddle on Saturday. Austen Arnaud left I.S.U.’S victory over U.N.I. after reinjuring his shoulder on the opening series and Jerome Tiller went the rest of the way in a 27-0 victory.
Rhoads says Arnaud practice fully on Sunday, where last week he didn’t practice until Wednesday. Rhoads says he anticipates that Arnaud will be on the field Saturday, and says Tiller did a good job coming in and leading them to victory against U.N.I.
No matter who starts at quarterback the Cyclones need more offense. They only scored one offensive touchdown against the Panthers. Rhoads says neither one of the quarterbacks have played up to the expectations that they have for the offense. He says he talked with the entire offense Sunday and they agreed they have not played well, but he says they are a determined group and he is anxious to see them play on Saturday.
Sophomore linebacker Jake Knott has been named the Big-12 defense player of the week for his effort in Saturday’s win. Knott had 11 tackles his third interception of the season and caused a fumble. Knott along with fellow sophomore lineback A.J. Klein have been one of the bright spots this season. Rhoads says they expect both to get better and better this season, not just as their careers go on.
Rhoads was the defensive coordinator at Auburn for one season for current Texas Tech coach Tommy Tubberville. He says they have a great relationship and saw each other in May at a coaching convention. Rhoads says Tubberville is an easy person to get along with.