Future clarity at Baylor, none at Iowa State

August, 13, 2012
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Iowa State is still trying to figure out who its quarterback will be, and after one scrimmage, there's been no separation.

"It's deadlocked," Rhoads told reporters. "And I probably slighted Sam Richardson down in Dallas at Big 12 media days. Nobody has a leg up right now, but we’re going to get it figured out."

Rhoads hoped to name a starter after three scrimmages, but the two frontrunners, Jared Barnett and Steele Jantz, both struggled with accuracy last season, and Jantz added turnovers to his struggles, too.

"I think accuracy is going to be a huge key. Whomever can throw the most completions and be the most efficient on the field is who I think is going to get the job," Barnett said, echoing his coach's comments from media days last month.

Barnett completed just 50 percent of his 220 attempts last season, amassing 1,201 yards with six scores and six interceptions.

Jantz completed 53 percent of his 238 attempts, with 1,519 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Iowa State's offense isn't explosive, and it simply can't afford turnovers. If Jantz doesn't get significantly better in that area, he's not going to give Rhoads much of a choice.

Additionally, Jantz is a senior. Barnett's a sophomore. That's got to work in Barnett's favor. It's a tight race and they both have essentially the exact same amount of major college experience. If Barnett wins this job, it bodes well for the 2013 team.

If Jantz wins, it inherently serves as a setback -- even if it's a minor one -- for next year's team. That can't be the deciding factor, but it has to be factored in. Keep an eye on this race. It'll be tight.

Offense rolls early in first scrimmage at Baylor

Baylor had its first scrimmage of the fall, too. To no one's surprise, the offense dominated with a particularly strong performance from quarterback Nick Florence.

The senior hit Antwan Goodley for a 75-yard score early in the scrimmage and finished 8-of-11 for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

That was one of three scoring plays longer than 70 yards, but the defense did a decent job of locking down late, and held Baylor's talented trio of prospective starting running backs to just 27 yards on 11 carries, without a touchdown.

"We were OK, it was hit and miss. Our guys are a little worn to say the least," coach Art Briles said. "I thought we looked a little sluggish on both sides of the ball. We had a few unforced errors. Defensive side had a few broken assignments that led to huge plays on the offensive side of the ball, which you can't have. It is fall camp and is happening pretty fast and we will continue to get better."

Florence added a 70-yard touchdown toss to to Lanear Sampson, too. And Briles felt the need to remind the rest of the Big 12 of his favorite college football fact.

"There is one team in America from a big six conference that has the longest win streak and that is the Baylor Bears," Briles said. "We are fighting our tail off to make sure that stays that way. You can't stay on top unless you start on top. Anybody in America can say what they want to say, but we have the longest win streak and we are going to fight hard to keep it."

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