When a team starts the season 3-4 overall and drops the first four games in conference play, there is no surprise or shock when changes are made especially at the quarterback position.
In the game against then-No.17 Texas A&M on October 22, which was the Cyclones homecoming game, fell to the Aggies 33-17, and also made a change at quarterback.
Following the first three series that resulted in no points for the Cyclones, Steele Jantz was out, and replaced by a redshirt freshman Jared Barnett.
Barnett came in against a team he most likely watched a lot considering being from Garland, Texas, and did not do that bad for his first collegiate start.
The redshirt freshman finished the game going 16-for-36 for 180 yards and also rushed going 73 yards on 13 carries, which was tied for the team-high in the game with running back James White.
The only time that anyone has seen Barnett in action in a Cyclone uniform in action was in the 2011 Spring game where he went 9-for-18 for 62 yards and rushed for 58, proving his ability to be a dual-threat gunslinger.
So for the Red Raiders it is once again a dual-threat quarterback rolling into the Jones on Saturday. So far this season Tech is 2-2 against a team with a proven dual-threat quarterback led teams. Wins came against Texas State and Nevada, while Texas A&M and Kansas State got the better of the Red Raiders in back-to-back home games.
Now the positive here is that Barnett is a redshirt freshman, and in his first road start is coming into arguably one of the toughest Big 12 stadiums to walk out of with a win.
Coming out of High School, Barnett was ranked as the 27th best dual-threat quarterback nationally by rivals.com. In his senior year at Garland he led the team to a 9-1 season while throwing for 2,134 yards and 20 touchdowns while also scrambling for 373 yards and six touchdowns.
On Saturday Jared Barnett will walk into Jones AT&T Stadium looking for a lot of firsts in an Iowa State uniform. His first career touchdown, win and snap a four game losing streak while also notching the first conference win for the Cyclones as well.
So a lot of pressure on a young quarterback, who is the future for the Cyclones at the quarterback position, looking to prove a lot in a tough atmosphere against a tough team – Texas Tech.