Cyclones Eye Date to Name QB

More on Iowa State's QB competition and some team notes to kick off Tuesday's media day festivities

DALLAS — Iowa State's latest depth chart lists the dreaded "or" next to Grant Rohach, Sam Richardson and Joel Lanning, acting as a veil of secrecy.

There should be a resolution by Aug. 16, the date of the Cyclones' second fall scrimmage, coach Paul Rhoads said Tuesday at Media Days.

"It's a competition that'll take place on a daily basis and we're excited about it," Rhoads said. "We have two starting quarterbacks in our offensive system — there are a lot of coaches who would like to able to say that."

Rohach started the final four games of 2013 and compiled 1,208 yards passing for eight touchdowns and seven interceptions, completing 57.6 percent of his attempts. The 6-foot-1 sophomore succeeded Richardson, who began the season as QB No. 1 but was beset by injury.

The 6-foot-2 Richardson, a junior who brings more mobility to the table than the other options, passed for 1,397 yards, 11 scores and threw seven picks, while rushing for 356 yards.

The strong-armed Lanning had a nice spring by all accounts coming off his redshirt season but appeared shaky in the spring game and the closed scrimmage, per sources, and must work on translating his strong performances in practices and drills to live game action.

Under new offensive coordinator Mark Mangino, the Cyclones will present many of the same looks and formations as they have in Rhoads' tenure.

"Spread system, three-WR sets in a one-back offense," as Rhoads described. "We're not gonna huddle. Those are things that are familiar to the Iowa State fan base and to Big 12 followers. The change you'll see is the pace we utilize and the simplicity of what we're trying to accomplish ... We want to be simple where kids can execute at a high rate of speed."

Housekeeping

  • JUCO transfer Terry Ayeni will redshirt the 2014 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL, suffered in New Mexico. Ayeni played end at New Mexico Military Institute but was expected to slide inside to defensive tackle.

    "A hole that had been filled opened up when he planted on it, his foot sank in the hole when he went to twist and he tore his ACL," Rhoads said.

  • JUCO safety Devron Moore does not appear on the team's roster.
  • JUCO defensive ends Dale Pierson and Trent Taylor are not on campus yet.
  • "A process that's hard is having all the right people on campus getting transcripts and getting them sent," Rhoads said. "We're confident in one's grades that everything's in line, one's still finishing up classes."

    Pierson told AllCyclones.com he has completed his summer classes.


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