Thoughts/observations/predictions out of ISU’s spring game

What I think I saw at Saturday’s spring game and what it means for the future of Iowa State football team this coming season:

— Austen Arnaud has had a rough go at spring games. He recovered to post some decent numbers, but had two interceptions, a third that was nullified by a sack, and had a hard time converting on third down. Arnaud was 7 of 21 last year with 3 INTs.

— To be fair, receivers dropped more than a few of what looked like catchable balls.

— The quarterback showed who is likely to be his top target this season. Sophomore Sedrick Johnson caught nine balls for 100 yards and at 6-4, 200 pounds will be a you-know-what in the red zone on the fade route.

— Backup quarterback Jerome Tiller may not be starting material right now, but if he can look that good from here on out, ISU coaches will have some tough decisions to make.   

— Junior college transfer David Sims spent a lot of time with the first-team defense. He apparently is one of the fastest players on the team and, barring some unforeseen developments, should claim a starting spot at safety.

— It’s anyone’s guess where offensive lineman Ben Lamaak will line up this season. Lamaak played left tackle Saturday, but could be at guard or center just as easily depending on the lineup around him. 

— I don’t think Coach Paul Rhoads is placating his tailback trio when he says all of them will play this season. They all can play and should play with the variety of situational skills each possess.

— Looking for a dark horse to contribute next year? Redshirt freshman WR Lonzie Range could be your man.

— Wallace Franklin? Uhh, didn’t know you were still on the team.

— Don’t go to the concession stand or loaf it to fridge when the offense is on the field. Possessions will be quick with the new up-tempo spread offense. Huddles are nowhere to be found and those not being signaled plays from the sideline are wearing wrist bands describing the play calls.

— Over/under on delay of game penalties this season: Three

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