COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: #60 IOWA STATE
June 16, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The quarterback competition between Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett will go deep into the preseason and be the first domino to fall in what the Cyclones’ offense will look like in year one with new offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham. Both have shown that they are capable of winning games. Who has developed more in the offseason?
Of course, whichever quarterback gets the nod will only be as good as the players around him. The offensive line has no all-conference prospects, but it still has the potential to be a solid unit. Iowa State knows what it has at running back, and the Cyclones have defined roles for speedster James White, bruiser Jeff Woody and youngsters DeVondrick Nealy and Rob Standard. White led the team in rushing yards (743) and touchdowns (eight) last season.
At receiver, there’s a mix of proven commodities and talented newcomers with the type of size that Iowa State hasn’t had much of in the past. Senior Josh Lenz is the veteran and will be counted on to provide consistent production. Aaron Horne was the Big 12’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2011 and is one of a handful of small and speedy pass-catchers.