Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads met the press Tuesday morning at this year’s Big 12 Media Days. The sixth-year head man for Cyclone football addressed a wide variety of topics.
On his quarterback situation: “August 16th is our second full scrimmage. And by the end of that scrimmage if not before we’ll be able to name the starter. As you say trimming the competition, it will take place on a daily basis. But we’re excited about the competition. We don’t have a starter named, but we have two starting quarterbacks in our offensive system. There will be a lot of coaches that would be like to be able to say that as well, and I look forward to the competition as it begins on the 4th.”
On the chances of true freshman WR Allen Lazard playing this season: “You’ve got to pick up the system first, no matter what position you’re playing, you’ve got to understand what it is you’re doing. And then being productive at your craft. And Allen is a physically matured young man. He came in and did a great job with our summer weight program this year. Maybe even above our expectations as a coaching staff, and with that in mind, he’s going to get his reps. He’s going to get his opportunity to catch balls. If he’s where he’s supposed to be catching balls in the process he’ll have an opportunity to play right away.
On how the offense will look under new coordinator Mark Mangino: We’re going to be a spread system. It’s a generic term but we’re going to deploy a lot of three wide receiver sets and one back offense. We’re not going to huddle. Those are things that are familiar to the Iowa State fan base and Big 12 followers in what we do. The change I think you’re going to see will be in the very pace that we utilize and also the simplicity of what it is that we’re trying to accomplish. We’re not smart enough in Ames and even though it has several nicknames that wouldindicate that, that we’re going to go out and outsmart other coaches and other teams, we want to be simple where our kids can execute at a high rate of speed, and I think that’s exactly what Mark brings to our offense.