Iowa State went 2-10 a year ago, a mark that shouldn’t give any player much confidence that his spot atop the depth chart is safe.
Does that include the “franchise” quarterback who started every game as a sophomore, threw for 2,792 yards, set a school record for completions (247), and is the face of the program in his own hometown?
Paul Rhoads says so, though not very convincingly.
Iowa State’s new head coach said this week that talented redshirt freshman Jerome Tiller is doing his best to push incumbent Austen Arnaud for the right to be the No. 1 quarterback. Tiller, a highly-touted recruit from San Antonio, turned heads last season on the scout team with his big arm and athletic ability.
That said, it’s hard to imagine him beating out Arnaud, no matter how open things appear as ISU implements a new offensive system.
Nice try Paul.
Here’s his response to the question of Tiller’s chances of catching and passing Arnaud on the depth chart:
“Every position is always open. The minute a player starts to get overconfident or rest with where he’s at and not look to improve, somebody’s always going to come up… Jerome is an extremely bright and football intelligent young man and he shows that every day on the practice field and every day in the meeting room. Jerome is not taking a backseat. He’s not (saying), ‘OK, it’s yours, I’ll just be the understudy and see what I can do back here.’ He’s fighting and competing every day to be the guy.”
Arnaud’s got the game and the belief from his teammates that he’s the one that should be under center.
Good luck Jerome. You’re No. 2, but you might as well be fourth-string.
“He’s got to develop his throwing accuracy. He’s got to develop his throwing motion. He’s got to master the offense and take advantage of his athletic skills and do things in the open field,” Rhoads said. “He’s working to do that and working to compete with Austen every day.”