Posts Tagged ‘Bo Williams’

Bowl game the last for RB Schwartz?

December 13, 2009

Reserve running back Jeremiah Schwartz may not be long for Iowa State’s football team.

Coach Paul Rhoads said Saturday the 5-11, 232-pound redshirt freshman is considering leaving the program after the Dec. 31 Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. Schwartz may leave school before the start of the next semester, Rhoads said, but for now is preparing for Minnesota like the rest of his teammates. 

“He is practicing and will be with us for the bowl game,” Rhoads said.

Schwartz, from Orlando, Fla., is the team’s third-leading rusher with 274 yards or 71 attempts.

He has not played the last four games and is among a crowded group of tailbacks that includes junior Alexander Robinson, freshmen Beau Blankenship and James White as well as sophomore Bo Williams.

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Will we see Jerome Tiller on opening night?

September 1, 2009

Will Paul Rhoads take a cue from one of his former Big East Conference coaching rivals Thursday night during Iowa State’s season opener against North Dakota State?

Rhoads said this week he and his coaches are considering a similar approach to that of Boston College’s Tom O’Brien, who apparently used to put his backup quarterback in the game on the first series of the second quarter.

“That way that player always had snaps and he was always game-ready,” Rhoads said.

He also said starter Austen Arnaud and second-team quarterback Jerome Tiller could be on the field at the same time.

Tiller, a redshirt freshman from San Antonio, showed during ISU’s spring game he has all-around ability. It would be a shame to chain him to the sidelines.

Rhoads wasn’t giving away anything.

“It’s something we’ve talked about, but I have not set a detailed plan yet” he said.

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 As for the running back spot, starter Alexander Robinson and backup Jeremiah Schwartz will play.

After that, it’ll depend on how the game unfolds.

Schwartz, a 5-11, 232-pounder from Orlando, Fla., has leapfrogged Bo Williams as the second-team tailback. Williams was slowed a bit by an ankle sprain, but that wasn’t the reason for the switch from the pre-camp depth chart.

“It’s what Jeremiah Shcwar has done from an accountability and production standpoint,” Rhoads said. “He had a great second half of camp.”

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Add Beau Blankenship to the list of newcomers who coaches plan on playing this year.

The freshman running back from Norman, Okla., will play on special teams and could carry the ball if the score dictates.

He joins defensive back Jeremy Reeves, receiver Josh Lenz and linebackers A.J. Klein and Jake Knott as the true freshmen who — as of now — will see action this season.

Iowa State football media day tidbits

August 6, 2009

Don’t be shocked to see Iowa State redshirt freshman quarterback Jerome Tiller play some this season.

Austen Arnaud is No. 1 on the depth chart and the expected opening-night starter — as he should be — but Tiller is a great athlete with a big arm and quick legs. Coach Paul Rhoads surely would like to find some way to use him.

Rhoads said the 6-4, 200-pound Tiller was one of the team’s most improved players during spring practice, and it showed during an impressive spring game performance.

“If he continues to do that there may be a selective role (for Tiller), but I don’t know what that is at this point,” Rhoads said Wednesday duirng the team’s media day.

Remember, Arnaud played a series or two as a redshirt freshman in 2007 when Bret Meyer was a senior, helping prep him for the following year when the starting job was open.

I don’t forsee that same scenario playing out, but you never know.

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West Virginia coach Bill Stewart expressed his extreme disappointment (UH, NOT) with Wally Burnham’s re-location to the Big 12 as ISU’s defensive coordinator.

Burnham’s South Florida teams neutralized the Mountaineers’ spread offense, something Rhoads hopes carries over to his time in Ames. WVU averaged just 12.7 points and 153 yards rushing against the Bulls the last three seasons compared with 36 and 284 against everyone else during that time.

“Wally’s been a great friend, I’m a big admirer of him,” Stewart told the Tampa Tribune. “But I’m glad he’s out west.”

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Rhoads said preseason practice would be “extremely physical” despite what he said would be a lack of full-out contact and tackling.

The Cyclones begin drills Thursday and have their first padded practice Saturday. The first scrimmage is Aug. 15

The two-deep lineup he has drawn up right now is etched in pencil. There will be a lot of movement between now and the week of the season opener on Sept. 3. 

“The depth chart will fluctuate day to day,” he said.

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No one can accuse Arnaud of shying away from the pressure of being the face of the program.

A lot is expected from the hometown kid who is one of the team’s leaders as a junior. 

“I love it. That’s why you play quarterback,” he said. “When we lose it’s my fault, when we win I get the glory. That’s just how it is.”

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Players I’m excited to see in action, and you should be too:

-Bo Williams. This guy looks like Ricky Williams reincarnated. Hopefully he plays even a little bit like him.

-Leonard Johnson. Keep that same relentless, bad-ass attitude,  just not when the ballcarrier is six yards deep in the end zone.

-Marquis Hamilton. It’s time for “big body” to do work. Or at least more work than he’s did last year.

-Matt Taufoou. He’s short and stocky and says he’s pretty comfortable in pass coverage.  Let’s hope so. 

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One more difference between Rhoads and predecessor Gene Chizik — Rhoads is making himself available for interviews following each day of preseason practice.

Chizik would talk with reporters after scrimmages and maybe one other day a week while making his assistant coaches available on a rotating basis.

The access to coaches and players — with Rhoads or Chizik — still tops Iowa’s, which makes coach Kirk Ferentz and selected players available only a few times before the opener and once a week during the season.