Kyle Van Winkle Spring Q&A

Former Roland-Story prep Kyle Van Winkle has definitely put in his time as a quarterback at Iowa State. Now it's starting to pay off for the fourth-year junior. The latest spring depth chart has him on the second-team as Bret Meyer's backup. Van Winkle spoke with CycloneNation.com about the change in a question-and-answer session.

CN: How have you been elevated from third- to second-team status in a week?

Van Winkle: I'm soaking up everything Coach Fitch teaches us and tells us to do on the field. Things have just worked out well for me lately. Hopefully it keeps going.

CN: Are you throwing the ball particularly well, had more command of the game, or both?

Van Winkle: I've thrown the ball decent so far this spring. I had a couple bad practices, but other than that it's gone pretty well. I'm just trying to make the reads that all of us are being taught. By doing those correctly, it should be easy to make the throws.

CN: Obviously, the coaches would like to keep Austin Flynn at wide receiver and play with the quarterbacks in the depth chart now. What have the coaches said to you about the situation?

Van Winkle: Coach Fitch sat down and talked to me after the season. He said they were going to try Austin at receiver, and that they needed somebody to step in and compete for the quarterback job. I was very excited to get this opportunity and am trying to make the most of it.

CN: How much has it helped to be the son of a coach?

Van Winkle: It's helped a lot. Ever since I was a little kid I've always been taught football and the throwing motion and footwork. My dad has helped me a lot. Throughout sports in high school, he's always putting pressure on me. So when I got here, pressure by coaches was all the same. It wasn't a new adjustment for me.

CN: Arm strength has been your forte since day one. What areas have you had to polish around that to help you be successful?

Van Winkle: My footwork was something I had to work on to help me with my arm strength. I like throwing in the pocket, but have also worked on throwing on the move. Coach has been working with us quite a bit on that.

CN: Has anybody noticed you have two Iowans as the number one and number two quarterbacks?

Kyle Van Winkle: I don't think anybody has ever said anything about it. Bret and I have always joked that we should have played against each other in high school.

CN: As a local guy from Roland-Story High School, what would it mean to hit the field this fall as a quarterback?

Van Winkle: It would mean a lot. I have a lot of friends, family, and fans back there that have always given me support. I know a lot of them come to the games and are big Cyclone fans. Some are Hawkeye fans, but they said if I played they would switch to Iowa State. I'm just trying to get the number two position secured right now, then we can work from there.


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