Sports writers Randy Peterson and Tommy Birch break down the Jacob Park release from Iowa State and what it could mean for the quarterback position next season.
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Who will start at quarterback for Iowa State in 2018?
Nine weeks ago, that was not even a question. Jacob Park was expected to be a seasoned starter and likely one of the Big 12’s most-accomplished passers returning in 2018.
But a lot has changed since the first week of October, and Iowa State will enter the offseason much more uncertainty than expected with Park now planning to transfer from Iowa State.
So where does this leave Iowa State at quarterback heading into the offseason?
Well, Iowa State has options already on campus and coming to campus. Don’t be surprised if Iowa State goes after a graduate transfer, a move that arguably rescued the Cyclones this season.
But this is clear: Iowa State will need all the help it can get.
If the 2017 season taught the Cyclones anything, it’s that you can never have too many quarterbacks.
Iowa State used three starting quarterbacks and rotated in four total QBs this season. When 2018 begins, three of those four will likely be gone.
Here’s a look at what Iowa State’s likely options at the quarterback spot are for 2018:
The fifth-year senior should be done after this season. But there is some hope he could return. Kempt told the Ames Tribune earlier this month he will look into getting another year of eligibility. The road won’t be easy for Kempt, who has already had quite the journey going from Oregon State to Hutchinson Community College and now to Iowa State. He did make the most of his chances, though. Kempt took over the starting spot for Park in October and guided the Cyclones to four-straight wins including victories over two top four teams. He’s looked tremendous in Matt Campbell’s offense, throwing 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
Noland is the likely heir apparent to the starting spot. The redshirt freshman filled in when Kempt was dinged up this season and showed signs of potential. Noland nearly guided Iowa State to an upset over then-No. 15 Oklahoma State when he came into the game in the second quarter. A week later, he led Iowa State to a win at Baylor. But there will be growing pains with Noland, as talented as he is. He completed 36-66 passes for 533 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season.
Moore was Campbell’s first commitment when he came to Iowa State. The Waterloo native committed to Campbell the day he was introduced at Iowa State. The dual-threat quarterback was one of the best playcallers in the state in high school and was an All-Iowa selection in 2016 by the Register. He ended his career passing for 5,098 yards, 46 touchdown passes and 23 rushing touchdowns. But Moore has had his share of health problems as well. He missed parts of his junior season in high school with a broken leg. This summer, Moore tore his ACL. As such, it’s been a lost fall for his development.
Mitchell, a high school senior, has yet to step on campus or even sign with the Cyclones but there is plenty of excitement for him. The California quarterback tallied over 4,000 total yards of offense, was clocked running the 100 meters in under 11 seconds and is the son of former American Gladiators star, Blaze. But Michell has his share of questions. He shared snaps during his senior season with another quarterback, reportedly dealt with an injury and lost the job. That’s not to mention that Mitchell hasn’t even taken a college snap.
Source: Des Moines Register
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