Iowa State had long presented the conclusion of spring ball as the timetable for deciding on two quarterbacks to carry into fall camp. Head coach Paul Rhoads tapped the breaks Tuesday in the Big 12 coaches' teleconference.
"Have not cut it down yet," Rhoads said. "That's part of the work Mark [Mangino] is still hammering out."
As for the final announcement?
"August 31," Rhoads said, which is actually the day after ISU's season opener against North Dakota State.
"I would anticipate we'll have one named by the middle of August," Rhoads said.
Neither Grant Rohach, Sam Richardson or Joel Lanning took Ames by storm in the 15 practices (including a scrimmage and the exhibition), though Rohach looked like the frontrunner in the spring game. Multiple sources have agreed with that assertion.
Bad news on Devron Moore front
Chances of a return for JUCO safety Devron Moore remain bleak, with Rhoads saying today if he did return it would be as a non-scholarship player.
Moore enrolled at ISU in January as a three-star safety from Northeast Oklahoma A&M but left shortly thereafter, retuning to home in Missouri. Rhoads cited homesickness. Moore deleted his Twitter and has his calls go straight to voicemail. Teammates at ISU and coaches from NE Oklahoma A&M have not heard from him since.
A three-tech candidate
JUCO transfer Terry Ayeni will get first look along the interior of Iowa State's defensive line when he arrives this summer, Rhoads said.
Ayeni played defensive end at New Mexico Military Institute but has been bulking up this spring. He told AllCyclones.com in early April he is "prepared to play anywhere as long as we put together some wins" and has bulked up to 275 pounds, 10 more than his playing weight at NMMI.
"Gettin' bigger, faster, stronger," Ayeni said in a text. "Can't wait to start practicing with the team."
The Cyclones can afford Ayeni moving inside — a plan they designed during his recruitment — because they also signed ends Gabe Luna, Dale Pierson and Trent Taylor. Luna is already on campus and has earned comparisons to Cory Morrissey for his workman-like attitude and sound fundamentals.