Press conference news and notes

It sure looks like Austen Arnaud is the Cyclones’ top quarterback considering the disparity in playing time last week in the loss to Iowa.

Arnaud was under center for 52 of ISU’s 67 offensive plays. He was in on nine of the 12 series and all but one in the second half.  

Phillip Bates was a non-factor, in large part because of the soggy turf at Kinnick Stadium. Bates was asked Monday about his reduced role. He softly said:

“That’s something you’ll have to ask Coach Chizik. I can’t say anything about it. I really don’t know.”


Chizik was asked earlier about getting Bates on the field more.

“There’s circumstances that dictate what quarterback you might decide to go with more snaps versus the other one. That could easily flip next week… We’re by no means saying Austen’s really pulled away in the quarterback derby. I don’t think that’s happened.”

INJURY UPDATE. Chizik said defensive back Devin McDowell hopes to play this week. McDowell has missed the last two weeks with an undisclosed injury.

The coach wasn’t as forthright about freshman Leonard Johnson, who cracked helmets with Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki late last week. Johnson has played a lot at cornerback is the Cyclones’ top kick returner.  

“I think he’s OK,” said secondary mate Brandon Hunley. “That was a pretty big shot. Hopefully we get his head right and he’ll be ready to roll.”

DON’T LIKE IKE. The families of Cyclone players Jerrod Black, Kelechi Osemele and Alex Alvarez are unharmed following Hurricane Ike’s wrath last weekend on the Texas coast.

Black and Osemele are from Houston. Alvarez’s hometown is League City, Texas, which is even closer to the coast. Bates, a good friend of Black’s, said the redshirt freshman defensive tackle is worry-free.

“He said everything was OK. Everybody evacuated and is safe,” Bates said.

DONT BANK ON IT.  If injured defensive back Kennard Banks returns this season he’ll have to do it with his broken arm protected pretty heavily.

“We’ll continue to watch and see how the next few weeks unfold,” Chizik said. “We’d love to say we could get him back. Is that realistic? I’m not really sure.”

“If it were 85 percent of the guys on our team I’d say they are done. This one is different.”

“He won’t just have sweat bands on,” Chizik said. “He’ll have to have it padded up.”

Banks, a junior college transfer, was injured in the season-opening win over South Dakota State. ISU could apply for a medical hardship to regain his year of eligibility.


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