Two preseason Big 12 QB battles end

August, 22, 2011
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Head coach Paul Rhoads' iteration of The Decision arrived over the weekend, and All-Name first-team starter Steele Jantz has earned the starting gig on another team: Iowa State.

Jantz, with a spring and half of preseason camp under his belt, beat out Jerome Tiller for the Cyclones' starting job. Tiller, who earned some spot duty behind Austen Arnaud the past two seasons, is academically ineligible this season, so Jared Barnett will be Iowa State's backup.

Regarding Jantz, you might remember I've been driving that bus (see here) for awhile now (see here, also), so my response is pretty simple: Good call, Rhoads.

Jantz has big-time speed, and the Cyclones just got more fun to watch. I suggest you tune in. Iowa State opens its season agains Northern Iowa on Sept. 3.


Kansas coach Turner Gill gave the nod to sophomore Jordan Webb as the Jayhawks' starter in Week 1.

The Jayhawks' situation at quarterback was much less muddled, and every indication had been that Webb distanced himself from backup Quinn Mecham over the summer.

Webb has supposedly made big strides, but we'll see just how big this fall. The Jayhawks need them to be gargantuan after struggling with the league's worst pass offense a season ago.

Webb should be supported by a solid running game and more speed at his skill positions and on defense.

Gill also sounds like he's set on Webb for a long while.

"I told them both that this isn’t an issue of this person is gonna be taken out quickly," Gill told the Kansas City Star. "I told (Webb), ‘Don’t sit back and think about what happened last year.’ There’s a whole lot different with our football team last year to this year. There’s no situation where Jordan’s gonna have a chance to lose his job at any time soon."

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