Future ISU QB Meyer Takes Notes

Cyclone Nation caught up with Atlantic quarterback Bret Meyer Thursday night. Meyer committed to the Cyclones over the summer shortly after turning the heads of ISU coaches in padded camp.

One of two quarterbacks that have already committed to the Cyclones for 2003, Atlantic senior quarterback Bret Meyer is off to a solid start in his final season.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has completed 16-of-32 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns through four games. He also has rushed for one more score, while throwing only one interception.

Thanks to Meyer's play at the quarterback position, Class 3A Atlantic has surged in the state's rankings to second in the coaches poll and fifth in the AP rankings.

"Most importantly we're 2-0 right now and have a defense that hasn't given up a point yet," said Meyer. "We've got a solid defense and don't have to worry about coming from behind."

Atlantic faces off against Council Bluffs Lewis Central tonight in a district opener.

Meyer committed to the Cyclones over the summer after turning the heads of coaches during padded camp in Ames. ISU was the first and only school to offer him a scholarship and he admits that making a decision early has eased his some of his anxiety.

"I had a bunch of letters, but no scholarships," he said. "It's kind of a relief, because I thought this year I'd have to come out and prove myself and have a big season. Now I can just go out and play, not worrying about people watching and evaluating you."

Many programs have stopped contacting him altogether, but Meyer admits a few still contact him from time to time.

"I still hear from Kansas State and Kansas every once in a while, but for the most part they've dropped off," he said.

While leading his team to victories in each of the first two games, Meyer has been excited to sit back and watch the Cyclones start 3-1 behind a quarterback that he has modeled himself after.

"They're fun to watch," he said. "Seneca Wallace is amazing and does things that you don't see everyday. It's fun to watch him and learn from him. I even got Coach to put a little sprint-out into our offense like Iowa State does. I watch him and then there are some things I work on in practice, like keeping the ball up by my ear since I have a tendency to bring it down, always keeping my feet moving and things like that.

"I'm really excited about the start. It was great to see them win last week. It was a little iffy in the first half, but they got it together. I'm looking forward to seeing them play this week and then next week against Nebraska."

Along with fellow teammate and ISU commit Tom Schmeling, Meyer will be attending this weekend's game against Troy State in Ames.

A starter since his sophomore season, Meyer has started to take his quarterback play to another level. Last season it was cutting his interceptions in half and making better decisions. This fall he's polishing some other areas.

"Nothing prepares you better than experience, just knowing so much more and getting a better grasp of the offense helps a lot," he said. "Having the same receivers for three years is going to help, too. We've got a solid offensive line, so I just feel comfortable out there. I've improved my throwing on the run. Stepping up in the pocket has improved a lot, too. I'm taking control and being a leader on the field."

Meyer said that he is one of a few recruits that will be in the greyshirt program, meaning that he will not actually join the team officially until January of 2004. Like wide receiver Jon Davis did this past March, Meyer will be able to participate in spring drills as a true freshman in 2004.

Doing so will give him more time to mature physically and get up to speed on the offensive package.

"That's going to help me out a lot, because right now I'm kind of tall and scrawny," he said. "Maybe I can get a little more physical in the weight room and get a better grasp of the offense. I just want to get a good grasp of the offense as quick as possible and just go in there and have fun."

Meyer will be a part-time student at ISU this fall and need to pay for a few classes while living off campus for one semester, before going on a full scholarship in January of 2004.

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