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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Matt Tait’s KU football notebook: QB change didn’t hurt ISU

Chuck Long returns to Iowa

Kansas offensive coordinator Chuck Long.

Kansas offensive coordinator Chuck Long.

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For three weeks in September, Iowa State junior quarterback Steele Jantz was a rock star in Ames, Iowa.

Jantz, a 6-foot-3, 224-pound playmaker who spent two years at City College of San Francisco after a walk-on attempt at Hawaii did not pan out, had started his ISU career 3-0 and delivered a come-from-behind victory against Northern Iowa and a triple-overtime win against Iowa.

For the quarterback who spent 11 months of 2010 living in his truck in San Francisco, his first taste of Div. I football as a starter was gold.

However, late in the first half of Iowa State’s road victory against UConn in Week 3, Jantz injured his foot, and that changed the way the rest of his season would go. Although he started the next four games, Jantz was not the same quarterback. His mobility was limited and, because of that, his effectiveness and confidence dipped.

The injury allowed red-shirt freshman Jared Barnett to get some snaps, and Barnett, who started during last week’s 41-7 upset victory against No. 19 Texas Tech, delivered one of the biggest victories in school history. The QB from Garland, Texas, threw for 144 yards and a touchdown and ran for 92 and an additional score against the Red Raiders. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads credited ISU’s spectacular rushing numbers — 368 yards on 67 attempts — for helping his young quarterback remain calm.

“What we did rushing the football hasn’t been done here since 2002,” Rhoads said. “And any starting quarterback would like to have that available to them every single game.”

Rhoads also said Barnett, 6-foot, 200 pounds, benefitted from playing in relief of Jantz in losses to Texas A&M; and Missouri.

So now it’s Barnett’s team, and Jantz is the back-up quarterback. Neither player has much experience, but Rhoads said he had faith that either could do what the Cyclones’ offense needs its quarterback to do.

Long returns to Iowa

Although he played his college football at Iowa State’s biggest rival, the University of Iowa, KU offensive coordinator Chuck Long said returning to the state in which he starred as a quarterback for the Hawkeyes in the early 1980s would have special meaning.

“It does,” Long said. “It’s a great state. I obviously enjoyed my time there. I know a lot of people there, and there will be some at the game, of course.”

Despite Long’s fondness for the Hawkeye State, his focus for this return is on one thing.

“This is a business trip for us,” Long said. “We have a purpose going into this week. It’ll be good to see old friends, and then we have to strap it up and play the game. But I always enjoy going back.”

KU-ISU by the numbers

Today’s meeting will be the 91st all-time between the Kansas and Iowa State football teams. KU leads the series 49-35-6. That includes a 22-20-3 mark in Ames, Iowa.

Last year’s 28-16 loss at ISU snapped a five-game KU winning streak in the series.

Comments

Joseph Kuebel 10 years, 8 months ago

“We have a purpose going into this week. It’ll be good to see old friends, and then we have to strap it up and play the game. But I always enjoy going back.”

Sounds like It's gonna be good goin to see old friends, BUT then we have to strap it up and play the game- aka get there... handed to them on a dish in front of his "old friends"...

It's kinds like our defensive coach saying "now we really need to win"... As if he didn't try and win earlier in the year. Now its time to really try (as he knows he will be canned it they don't "improve"). Lol we are improving though, right Gill??? Our offense is significantly improved, as indicated by last weeks game... And the defense who gets no rest the entire 2nd half of every game this entire year (besides our first 2 games)... That's what hasn't improved, not like the offense has had any hand in that either??

This observation shows no football knowledge, complete and utter delusions of grangier, or pure dishonesty and no integrity... As he has played football, and should know what a good team is as he played on a good team, that leaves him either delusional or dishonest and a bogus phony character. This guy is a "good guy" though... A good guy with no moral fortitude or honesty to himself. Either way lack of integrity (Caps) 'CANNOT' be argued, unless being mentally challenged is the defense for his delusional phony analysis of his team. What a judge of a functional football team... If this is how he really feels (that this is improvement) how is this guy coaching football period, an elementary student can realize this is not improvement. So he is either completely incompetent or is a complete and utter liar. Id have to say that he is latter. A good guy? No. But if he really is a good guy then he is just special education level of a coach.

Ibajayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Hey KU fans don't be too p o'd about this but with Gray-Little, Mr. Howard and Zenger running things KU has 3 more record setting years ahead of them. ENJOY!!!!!!!

actorman 10 years, 8 months ago

"delusions of grangier ..."

??????? Could you perhaps mean "grandeur???"

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 8 months ago

Chuck Long would be a great name for a porn star!

Robert Brock 10 years, 8 months ago

Right. Clarence Thomas just e-mailed me with the same idea.

Cora Smith 10 years, 8 months ago

A game that is winnable just confirms the fundamentals (like tackling) or checking down on receivers are not there. When you are completely outclassed, it is hard to see whether it is a case of just athleticism or a complete lack of understanding. Games you can and should win expose the fundamentals.

Jeff Coffman 10 years, 8 months ago

It would be nice if ISU or Iowa would take Chuck Long...he hasn't been too good at KU.

And his nickname was Chuck Third and Long at OU.

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