Capello receives scant usage in Big 33 game

June, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Heralded Iowa State quarterback recruit James Capello wanted to show more of his skills in Saturday night's PNC Big 33 Football Classic.

Capello appeared at quarterback on three of Pennsylvania's 14 offensive series in the game Saturday night at Hershey, Pa. He misfired on all three passing attempts with one interception.

West Catholic quarterback Curtis Drake, who is headed to Penn State as a wide receiver, produced a game-record 284 total yards to account for most of Pennsylvania's offense in a 38-31 loss to Ohio.

Capello told the Lebanon Daily News he would have liked to have played more in the game.

"I'm a little disappointed I didn't get to show what I could do," Capello told the newspaper. "But there's nothing I can do about it. Now I just have to worry about my college team."

Those wishes led him to leave for Iowa State on the day after the game. He will begin preseason conditioning work with his new teammates this week as well as enrolling in two summer courses at his new school.

With the presence of Austen Arnaud and Jerome Tiller in front of him, Capello is expected to redshirt this season. But he's still excited to begin working with the Cyclones.

"I just need to get a little bigger and stronger," Capello said. "And I need to get my arm a little stronger. What I had a little trouble with [Saturday night] was the [pass] rush, so I need to work on that."

Capello was the Pennsylvania Class 3A player of the year and a first-team all-state selection as a senior at Lebanon High School. He passed for 2,963 yards and 31 touchdowns and also rushed for 770 yards and nine touchdowns as he led his team to a 7-5 record and the first playoff berth in school history.

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