Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads says the Cyclones are at least a quarter of the way to deciding who their starting quarterback will be when they open the season against U.N.I. on September 3. Coming out of spring drills, the Cyclones had four signal-callers vying for the starting job, but that number has dropped to three when James Capello announced he was transferring.
Rhoads says that has helped the situation, as it will be easier to evaluate three quarterbacks. He says it gives them a chance to see the three guys and spread the plays more evenly than if they had four competing for the job. While Rhoads has a timetable for when he would like to name a starter, he says that he will let the competition run its course until one of the candidates separates himself from the others.
Rhoads says it may take until the major scrimmages before they find a starter and he will take his time to figure it out. Rhoads says he’s confident that there will be a clear-cut starter at quarterback by the time the season begins.
Junior Jerome Tiller, junior college transfer Steele Jantz, and redshirt freshman Jared Barnett are the three remaining candidates to take over for Austen Arnaud as the Cyclone quarterback.
By Jesse Gavin, KCNZ, Cedar Falls