Steele Jantz

Iowa St. goes with All-Name QB as starter


Texas may not have a true No. 1 quarterback yet — a statement that utterly boggles the mind, but that’s a rant for another day — but Iowa State has somehow managed to choose a starter between two average signal callers (statistically speaking, anyway).

Between senior Steele Jantz and sophomore Jared Barnett, Paul Rhoads has decided to go with the Big 12 All-Namer — and he is so proud of him!

“Steele has demonstrated the skill set that I think is ideal for our offense,” Rhoads said in a statement Tuesday. “The main point is that we have depth at the quarterback position with two men who led us to a second bowl game appearance in three years.”

Jantz was the Cyclones’ starter at the beginning of 2011, but Barnett gained playing time by the middle of the season due to inconsistencies from the veteran. The two finished with relatively similar stats (Jantz had 1,519 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions; Barnett had 1,201 yards passing with six touchdowns and six interceptions) leading to an open QB battle during the spring.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.