Austin Flynn & Waye Terry Q&A

Waye Terry and Austin Flynn have battled throughout the spring and two-a-days to determine who will start at quarterback for the Cyclones in the home opener against Northern Iowa. Read what the pair has to say about their competition in a question and answer session.

Iowa State football coach Dan McCarney recently named redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Flynn as the starter for the UNI game. In the spring, it was a three man contest for the job among Flynn, junior veteran Cris Love and junior JUCO transfer Waye Terry. A suspension for Love has put the focus squarely on Flynn and Terry as to who would get the nod.

CI Steve spent some time with Flynn and Love to get their comments about what has been a very close race for the Cyclone starting quarterback job.

CN: As the season fast approaches, how different are things for you now compared to last year?

Flynn: Last year I was probably up in the stands back there taking it easy with some shades. It's different now and the spotlight always seems to be on the quarterback. I guess that comes with the territory.

Terry: It's a total different atmosphere than last year, sitting up in those stands and not talking to anybody. It's a weird feeling, because it's kind of like a reality check. Not being the man out there for a season is kind of tough on you. This year I'm excited, but at the same time I've got to stay relaxed.

CN: What are the similarities and differences between you two?

Flynn: Waye and I are very similar in a lot of ways. We run real well and throw the ball pretty well. There are really not a lot of differences. We almost resemble Seneca Wallace and that's why we came here - the style of offense. Hopefully we can pick that up and run with it.

Terry: I like to run too and make plays. It's mainly about being a leader. I might add about Seneca that he really competed. No matter if it was conditioning or in the weight room, he always competed. I think we're both like that.

CN: Tell us about the off-season.

Terry: Sitting out the spring I learned a lot. When I got hurt, I was pushing myself to do too much. Then towards the end, right before I got hurt, I was relaxing a lot more. I'm going to relax and play my game.

Flynn: I was up here all summer. I went home twice after school and was up here for two months. We got a semi-break and were then in for training camp. My weight went up to 195 pounds, which was my goal. My strength has gone up because of that.

CN: What's the key to your individual success as quarterbacks?

Flynn: It's just consistency, not turning the ball over and being a leader. I need to take it day by day. I think they have a lot of trust in me, and I worked hard this summer to try to prove to them that I feel I can get in the mix and help out the team.

Terry: Just being able to handle adversity and different coaches and how to adjust. Playing quarterback, you can't get caught up in all the hype. You've got to be who you are and play within yourself. People rally around a person who's making plays and doing the right things.

CN: Austin, were you expecting to be the starter so early in your career?

Flynn: I didn't expect to get a shot this early in my career, especially in the Big 12. I came here because of the style of offense and they told me that there would be an opportunity for me once Seneca leaves. I didn't realize that until after my redshirt freshman year. I got into spring ball and was all of a sudden in the mix. It caught me by surprise.

It's a great opportunity, coming off of last year and redshirting. I wasn't expected to play a lot, with Cris Love ahead of me and Waye around. I was third in the mix. But I made some plays this spring and during two-a-days and helped myself out. It turned out really good. It's a good opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to it.

CN: Waye, how does Austin being named to starter affect your practice and game preparation?

Terry: I'll prepare the same way as if I was going to start. No matter what Austin does, it's still going to be a tough battle. I'm sure when (Cris) Love gets back, he's going to compete for the job too. I know he's going to come back with a vengeance, but there's nothing he can really do until he gets back.

Austin Flynn (left) has edged Waye Terry for the starting quarterback position for the Cyclones. (CI Steve)

Waye Terry is still battling for the quarterback position. (CI Steve)

Austin Flynn gets his first collegiate start against Northern Iowa.

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