Posted by Tom Fornelli
While the most discussed quarterback competition in the Big 12 is the one at Texas, two other Big 12 schools settled their quarterback debates over the weekend. Both Iowa State and Kansas named starting quarterbacks.
First we'll start in Ames where Paul Rhoads named Steele Jantz the Cyclones starting quarterback. Now, while Rhoads maintains that Jantz won the battle in practice, it should also be pointed out that Jantz's main competition, Jerome Tiller, has been ruled academically ineligible. Which makes the competition a bit easier to win.
“Steele Jantz will be our starting quarterback when we open up the 2011 season Sept. 3 here in Jack Trice Stadium against UNI,” Rhoads said on Saturday. “Steele emerged from a group of three quarterbacks, as you know, by displaying the three qualities we were looking for most consistently. That’s decision-making. That’s throwing accuracy and that’s getting things done with his feet.”
Still, besides having an awesome name, Jantz seems to have a nice arm as well. The junior college transfer threw for 3,075 yards and 23 touchdowns last season at City College of San Francisco.
Meanwhile, at Kansas, in an announcement that wasn't much of a surprise, Jordan Webb will start the season atop the depth chart for the Jayhawks. Webb played in nine of Kansas' 12 games in 2010, throwing for 1,195 yards, 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Numbers that are going to have to improve in 2011 if the Jayhawks don't want to finish the season as one of the worst offenses in the country again.