On the eve of a road game against Big 12 favorite Oklahoma, Iowa State reportedly has to replace their starting quarterback. Jacob Park has taken a sudden leave of absence, according to The Des Moines Register, due to “unspecified medical concerns.” Park did not travel with the rest of the team as they prepare for a road game against the No. 3 Sooners.
It is not directly indicated by the report out of Des Moines whether those medical concerns are directly related to Park’s personal health or that of a family member or someone else, although the report does confirm Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell would not discuss medical issues related to his players (which is pretty common around college football due to privacy concerns and laws).
“Jacob is a great young man dealing with some personal medical concerns,” Campbell said in a statement. “We are committed to helping him cope, supporting him on all levels and helping him prepare to get back on the playing field with his teammates as soon as possible.”
Park has been Iowa State’s starter for all four game splayed thus far, and he has completed 61.7 percent of his attempts for 1,181 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions. Freshman Zeb Noland would figure to be the next man up for the Cyclones for however long is necessary. Noland has not thrown a pass since the season opener. The other option could be senior Kyle Kempt, who is listed third on the team’s official depth chart (Park was still listed at the top of the depth chart for this week’s game as of the time of this post.
There was a nice little stretch of time in recent years when Georgia head coach Mark Richt did not have to worry about who his starting quarterback would be entering a season. Aaron Murray provided the Bulldogs head coach with a certain level of comfort most coaches can only dream of having every summer. But Murray has been gone for a couple of years now and once again Richt is one of many coaches around the nation trying to figure out which player will be best suited to be the starting quarterback of his offense. Time is starting to run thin.
“I’m a patient guy, but the clock is ticking,” Richt said Saturday when meeting with members of the media during fall practice. Richt appears to be no closer to naming a starting quarterback than he was when fall camp opened up.
Georgia’s quarterback competition was thrown under the spotlight in the spring game, knowing the running game should be just fine with Nick Chubb. The spring ended with Faton Bauta, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Park all vying for the job, which Richt expected to continue to play out over the summer anyway. Park has since left the program and Georgia has added Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert. Lambert would seem to be a likely candidate for the job, although Richt has not jumped to any such conclusions.
“I’d like to know and have peace,” Richt explained. “I mean I’m waiting for some peace.”
Here’s hoping Richt finds some peace soon enough.
Mark Richt has a (very classy) policy of permitting his transferring players to move onto any other institution they desire with no restrictions, including another SEC school. One former Bulldog may be on the verge of taking full advantage of the latter part of that policy.
According to ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, Jacob Park will visit Alabama this weekend. After speculation of a potential had been mounting, Georgia confirmed exactly two weeks ago today that the quarterback would be leaving Richt’s football program.
If Park were to transfer to the Tide, he wouldn’t be eligible to play in 2015 because of NCAA transfer rules. He would, though, have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
At that time, however, he’d be an interesting — and talented — addition to the Tide’s quarterback mix.
A four-star member of UGA’s 2014 recruiting class, Park was rated as the No. 12 pro-style quarterback in the country; the No. 4 player at any position in the state of South Carolina; and the No. 229 player overall according to Rivals.com.
This year, Florida State transfer Jake “Jacob” Coker is the presumptive front-runner, although redshirt freshman David Cornwell played well this spring and emerged as a viable starting threat. Coker, a senior, would be out of the mix if/when Park were to transfer and play for the Tide next season, leaving Cornwell, four-star 2013 signee Cooper Bateman, five-star 2015 signee Blake Barnett and 2014 No. 3 quarterback Alec Morris as part of next year’s competition. The Tide also has a verbal commitment from four-star 2016 prospect Jalen Hurts.
Before Everett Golson landed at Florida State, Alabama was also interested in the former Notre Dame signal-caller. Park’s decision to leave UGA came after the Bulldogs added Virginia graduate transfer quarterback Greyson Lambert.
The quarterback situation at Georgia got a little more crowded recently with the addition of Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert. Now there is just a little bit more room in the quarterback pool in Athens. Jacob Park, a redshirt freshman, intends to transfer from the Bulldogs for the 2015 season. 247 Sports was among the first to report the news of the pending transfer.
Park spent the 2014 season as a member of Georgia’s scout team, which led to him earning the Scout Team Award from the coaching staff. Thought to be a player in the quarterback competition this spring, Park saw fewer first-team reps than others vying for the starting job in 2015. It is unknown at this time where Park will land, and he still currently appears on the Georgia football website’s roster. If he transfers to another FBS program, he will have to sit out the 2015 season before being eligible to play again next fall due to NCAA transfer rules. If he transfers to a program from the FCS or another lower level, he will be eligible to play this fall.
As for Georgia, the quarterback field has been narrowed to three candidates. In addition to graduate transfer Lambert from Virginia, Georgia’s Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta are expected to compete this summer after the spring left no clear leader in the quarterback pack.
A day after Georgia head coach Mark Richt confirmed his program’s interest in Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert, the graduate transfer took things one giant step further. Lambert is apparently heading to Georgia this fall.
Lambert told Joe Schad of ESPN he will be transferring to Georgia, where he will be eligible to compete for the starting job under center immediately. Lambert does not have to sit out a season due to being a graduate transfer. Richt had confirmed Georgia was actively recruiting Lambert’s services yesterday at an event in Macon, Georgia. This was all he could say without committing any NCAA violations. Once Lambert’s transfer is made official, Richt will be free to comment freely about the new addition to the Georgia offense.
Georgia is looking for a replacement to Hutson Mason this fall. Out of the spring it looked like a three-horse race between Brice Ramsey, Falton Bauta and Jacob Park. Despite transfer rumors after the spring practices concluded, Richt says he expects all three of those options to be a part of the program in the fall. Throw Lambert into the mix and the quarterback depth is padded. Lambert brings starting experience to the position and that likely bodes well for his chances of starting for the Bulldogs, but it is far from a given.
Lambert was Virginia’s leading passer in 2015 despite only playing in nine games. He passed for 1,632 yards and 10 touchdowns but was intercepted 11 times while completing 59.0 percent of his pass attempts. Lambert threw six red zone touchdowns while completing just 46.4 percent of his attempts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Georgia was much more efficient in the passing game in red zone opportunities, completing 65.5 percent of pass attempts for 17 touchdowns and just one interception (Lambert was picked off twice inside the 20-yard line).
Of course, Lambert would figure to have a more reliable offense around him if he wins the starting job at Georgia. The Bulldogs have Nick Chubb running the football to take the pressure off the passing game, which can in turn lead to a more effective pass attack when called upon.