Offseason to-do list: Iowa State

February, 16, 2012
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We're taking a look at what each program in the Big 12 needs to deal with during the offseason, whether it be in the spring, summer or fall preseason camp. Maybe all three! Who knows?

Next up: The Iowa State Cyclones.

1. Make the decision: Is there a quarterback controversy? Heading into the bowl game, Jared Barnett looked like Iowa State's man of the future. The freshman took over in the middle of the season and orchestrated three consecutive wins, including the biggest win in school history, an upset of No. 2 Oklahoma State. But in the bowl game loss to Rutgers, Barnett was off-target and benched for Steele Jantz early on. He didn't return. Coach Paul Rhoads was noncommital after the game, but this spring could be interesting.

2. Plug the holes in the secondary. Leonard Johnson was one of the most underrated players in the league and had a big role in that OSU upset, and Ter'Ran Benton was another versatile talent in the Cyclones secondary. Johnson will leave behind the biggest hole in trying to defend a crazy talented group of Big 12 receivers, and fellow corner Anthony Young is gone, too.

3. Adjust the offense to a new man in charge. Tom Herman didn't have a high profile, but Urban Meyer knew about him and asked him to make the no-brainer move to offensive coordinator at Ohio State. In his place is receivers coach Courtney Messingham. You don't quite know what to expect from Messingham, who has experience at lower levels as a head coach and a coordinator. It helps that the 22-year coaching veteran is hardly new at this, but he'll have big shoes to fill. This spring, we'll get a look at how the players respond. The system, best run by a dual-threat quarterback, won't be all that different, but Messingham will be tested this year.

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