(Eds: With AP Photos.) Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett know exactly what's expected of them in their competition for Iowa State's starting quarterback job.
Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy.
Each led the team to three victories during the Cyclones' 6-7 season a year ago, but neither has been what you'd call a pinpoint passer. And they start preseason practice even on the depth chart.
Jantz, a senior, completed 53 percent of his passes with 11 interceptions and 10 touchdowns. Barnett, a sophomore, was a 50 percent passer with six touchdowns and six picks.
In a high-powered league like the Big 12, that percentage has to improve if the Cyclones are going to keep up - even if coach Paul Rhoads' preference is to run the ball.
''One of the things I think it comes back to is having quarterbacks that understand: Take advantage of what the defense gives you,'' offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham said Thursday at the team's media day. ''If that means throwing a hitch (route) 10 times in ...