Andrew McNulty has the genes. Now he's trying to emerge from the shadows of his predecessor.
"It wasn't like I was playing behind anyone bad being behind A.J.," McNulty said. "I'm just going to make the most of my opportunity and go after it my senior year."
Andrew's father, Jim McNulty, played receiver at Iowa from 1972-76. His uncle, Ted McNulty, quarterbacked at Indiana in the ‘70s. His brother, Ted McNulty, received playing time at Kansas last season after walking on following his career at Iowa City West High.
McNulty quarterbacked the sophomore team at City as a freshman. After an injury-plagued sophomore season, he backed up Derby in 2009. He saw a significant amount of playing time with the team rolling over many opponents on the way to the title.
"In practice, I got the same amount of reps as A.J. did," McNulty said. "I probably got as many game reps as any second-string quarterback. I think my position had a starter's role feel to it. I have some solid game experience and I feel confident I'll be OK with the game speed."
Last season, McNulty played his first four games at safety before moving to cornerback. He always had dreamed of playing college quarterback, however.
"Once I got a chance to play a lot of defense last season, I really liked it," he said. "But I've always wanted to play quarterback at the next level. I want to give it a shot. If it doesn't work out, I'm open to playing defense if that gets me on the field."
Iowa State has been in contact the most frequently with McNulty.
"I really like the coaching staff," he said. "I'm looking forward to going up there to camp. There's not a lot of film on me, so they want to see me at camp and what I can do at the quarterback position."
"I haven't heard as much from Iowa," McNulty said. "I sent them my film. I'm going to try a one-day camp there if it doesn't conflict with my other camps."
McNulty said he is a pocket passer more than a runner.
"I wouldn't label myself as a scrambler," he said. "But I can move if I have to."