One scripted exhibition against a makeshift defense won't decide the QB race, but whoever plays best will turn into the immediate fan/media darling, while a stinker of a performance on a public stage might help Mark Mangino shave the contenders from three to two
Iowa State's quarterback competition began with four candidates and has since shrunk to three.
Saturday at the Spring Game, Cyclones fans will get their first look at the new-and-beefed-up Sam Richardson and Grant Rohach, as well as Joel Lanning, an Ankeny product who redshirted last fall.
One scripted exhibition against a makeshift defense won't decide the QB race, but whoever plays best will turn into the immediate fan/media darling, while a stinker of a performance on a public stage might help Mark Mangino shave the contenders from three to two, which he's aiming to do soon.
What's one point of emphasis each player is focused on heading into Saturday?
Grant Rohach: "Don't throw the ball to the other team."
QBs coach Todd Sturdy on Rohach: "I'm pleased with where he's at right now. Throwing the football, it's got to get better, as it does with all three of them. The challenge is, it's not OK to complete it, it's got to be completed with great accuracy."
Sam Richardson: "Maybe not trying to scramble as much and staying in the pocket. The offensive line has come a long way."
Sturdy on Richardson: "He's healthy right now and practicing really well. We're good where we're at right now with him."
Joel Lanning: "I've got to learn a lot more, be a smarter football player. Know my coverages and pre-snap reads, all that good stuff."
Sturdy on Lanning: "I'm really happy with where Joel's at for a young player. He's still in his freshman year. Joel learned a new system in the fall and he's learning a new system in the spring … very pleased with how he's picked everything up and how he's progressing."
BONUS: Rohach sounds off on his new mustache