AMES — Former Iowa State star quarterback Seneca Wallace’s Sundays are free.
Wallace, a 10-year NFL veteran cut by the Cleveland Browns, said he’s been told by a number of teams he’s their No. 1 “emergency quarterback” target.
“I’ve just been training, trying to stay in shape,” said Wallace, who is famous for “the Run’ in a 2001 game against Texas Tech, among other things. “Doing the best I can to be ready. ... That’s all you can do.”
Same goes for the Cyclones’ parade of occasional starting quarterbacks that eventually stopped again on Steele Jantz.
Wallace — who lives in Dallas — said he watched Jantz play in ISU’s 49-26 loss at Baylor in 2011 and also has seen Jared Barnett compete.
“I just think whoever can produce and can be consistent every time they step on the field — and winning ballgames, that’s what it comes down to,” said Wallace, who in 2001 achieved the highest single-season completion rate in Cyclone history at 62.1 percent. “Whoever does that, I think, should be the starter, but, heck, I played here 10 years ago. It’s the coach’s decision who plays.”
And Wallace — along with ISU’s fans — didn’t know that until after Saturday’s kickoff.
“There’s always going to be bumps in the road, especially dealing with a young quarterback,” Wallace said. “I think the way you deal with that is just making sure you keep grinding on and making sure he (remains) mentally strong, minimizing mistakes and letting him play. You can’t have one guy playing one week and then the next week we’re going to go with another week. And then the next week, go back to the other guy.”
Injury updates: Wide receiver Josh Lenz (quadriceps) didn’t play, but tailback James White (knee) did. White ran for 43 yards on 10 carries. Linebacker Jake Knott overcame shoulder soreness and forced a fumble.
All eyes ahead: ISU offensive lineman Carter Bykowski said this week he and his linemates don’t need to adjust much as the quarterback carousel keeps whirling behind them.
Who would start at quarterback for the Cyclones on Saturday remained shrouded in mystery until kickoff.
“Certain quarterbacks have certain tendencies,” Bykowksi said. “Some have different styles of dropbacks or stuff like that, but we can’t really think about that too much because the guy you’ve got to focus on is the guys you’re going against.”Entering Saturday, the Cyclones were tied for 36th nationally in sacks allowed at 1.43 per game. That’s better than six Big 12 teams.