Tag:Austen Arnaud
Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: Iowa State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice. So we here at the Eye on College Football will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers. Today, we look at Iowa State, which started spring practice on Tuesday.


Spring Practice Question: Is the quarterback position as wide open as Paul Rhoads claims it is?

Over the last three seasons there wasn't much question regarding who would be playing quarterback for the Iowa State Cyclones. The job was Austen Arnaud's, and one he did pretty well. Arnaud finished his Iowa State career second on the school's all-time passing yardage list with 6,777 yards, and had the highest completion percentage in school history.

However, Arnaud is gone now, and the main focus with Iowa State this spring will be the battle to replace him. 

Before practice began earlier this week, head coach Paul Rhoads declared it an open battle, and said that whichever one of his quarterbacks performs the best is going to win the job. 

"You'd like to leave spring drills after 15 practices and three full scrimmages with a guy you know is your number one," said Rhoads. "There won't be any panic if we don't."

At the moment, Jerome Tiller is atop the depth chart, and that makes a lot of sense. After all, he has the most experience on the roster, as he's been needed to fill in for Arnaud at times over the last two years thanks to injuries.

Behind Tiller is rising sophomore James Capello and redshirt freshman Jared Barnett, but I don't see either of these two wrestling the job away barring some kind of super-heroic performances this spring. No, I believe there's another quarterback Tiller should be looking over his shoulder at.

Number two on the quarterback depth chart is Steele Jantz. Let's be honest, if we were going on name alone, Jantz would win this competition easily. However, there is more to being a quarterback than having a cool name.

"I know Steele's coming to take the first place job, and it's my job to protect it," said Tiller. "And may the best player play, but I plan on it being me."

Though I'm not sure that it's Rhoads' plan.

Jantz is new to Ames, as he comes to Iowa State as a junior college transfer. One that there has been a lot of talk about in recent months. Now, while Rhoads may claim that the competition is wide open, I'm just not sure that is really the case.

Big 12 Primers
Yes, Tiller has experience with the team. The output during that time, though, has been less than stellar. Tiller has completed 51% of his passes for under 5.0 yards per attempt over the last two seasons, and has thrown only 2 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. You could point out that Tiller is mobile, but after rushing for 216 yards on 44 carries in 2009, Tiller only managed 66 yards on 42 carries in 2010.

21 of those yards came on a single carry.

Jantz, on the other hand, threw for 3,075 yards and 23 touchdowns with City College of San Francisco last season. He also ran for another 610 yards while leading the team to an 11-1 mark. Now, I know there's a huge difference between the level of play at a junior college than in the Big 12, and I don't expect Jantz to just show up and start laying waste to Oklahoma's defense right away.

What really makes me wonder if the competition is as open as it's claimed to be is that Jantz is in Ames to begin with. If Paul Rhoads was really so comfortable with the idea of Tiller taking the reins this season, then why did he bring in a junior college transfer?

Why not just sign another high school quarterback to develop in your latest recruiting class?

I just find it hard to believe that Iowa State is bringing Jantz in from San Francisco to have him send in plays from the sidelines. So while Jerome Tiller may be on top of Iowa State's depth chart to start practice, I wouldn't count on him being there for very long.
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:53 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Austen Arnaud's career is over

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud is currently the school's all-time leader in completion percentage, and finds himself second all-time in passing yards (6,777), touchdowns (42) and total yards (8,044). All totals that Arnaud will never have a chance to add to, as the school announced on Wednesday that the quarterback's career is over.

Arnaud hurt his knee during Iowa State's loss to Colorado on Saturday, and it turns out he's going to need surgery to completely restructure the entire knee, ending his season and his career.

“We had a strong feeling that he suffered serious injuries and the doctors just confirmed it,” said Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads. “He remains a co-captain on this football team and continues to receive treatment and rehabilitation before surgery. Austen is doing everything he can to help our football team beat Missouri, he is that kind of selfless person."

Obviously this is terrible news for Arnaud, and it's not good news for the Cyclones either.  Iowa State currently finds itself at 5-6, just a win shy of becoming bowl eligible for the second straight season.  Something that seems a lot harder to accomplish against Missouri without its starting quarterback.

Jerome Tiller will start for Arnaud.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 5:51 pm
 

Jacobi's Insane Predictions, Week 8

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that South Carolina would fail to score a point in the second half against Kentucky a week after knocking off the Tide? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.

Highly Unlikely

Washington State, a team that's deceptively frisky even at 1-6, picks off an unsuspecting Stanford team after Andrew Luck blows his knee out in the first half. Despondent at the loss of the game and their quarterback, Stanford drops its last five games and stays home for bowl season. Wazzu, on the other hand, uh ... OK, the Cougars lose the rest of their games too. They're still not very good. After the Cardinal finishes off its six-game losing streak with a loss to Oregon State, head coach Jim Harbaugh tells reporters, "Eh. No big deal. It's just, we win or we lose, whatever. Winning is pretty overrated."

Severely Unlikely

Iowa State blows the doors off the Texas Longhorns in the first half, racing out to a 28-0 lead before hanging on for a 28-27 victory in Austin. In the ISU locker room, head coach Paul Rhoads tells his charges, "I AM SO PROUD TO BE YOUR FOOTBALL COACH," before quarterback Austen Arnaud reminds Rhoads, "Yes, we know. You told us that last year." Which Rhoads did, in fact, after the Cyclones' 9-7 win at Nebraska. Rhoads attempts the save with a "I'm still proud to be your coach," but even he knows the moment's pretty much over. The rest of the day is a pretty subdued affair for the Cyclones. Also, DKR is burned to the ground by rioting Texas fans.

Completely Preposterous

Oregon loses its game against UCLA. By forfeit. Yes, that would be confusing, since the two teams already played on Thursday and Oregon dropped 60 on the poor Bruins' defense. However, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly commits the fatal error of "filling out his scorecard incorrectly" after Rick Neuheisel claims the zero in 60 looks like another six. With Phil Mickelson acting as guest commissioner of the Pac-10 , Oregon has no choice but to forfeit the entire game. Really, the main point here is that golf is stupid. Never watch golf. The end.

 
 
 
 
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