After he threw the interception on Saturday, he played like a guy who knew he had competition behind him. Whether or not CPR would have pulled him, I don't know, but I doubt it. However, what I saw was a player who was content with throwing the ball at people's feet rather than taking a shot downfield. This approach is fine in the first three quarters, but when it came time to make a play he was still playing very tentatively.
The choosing-sides aspect among fanbase of this QB competition has ended up as nitpicking. Player A isn't good enough at (X), but the counterpoint is he's better than (B) at that but worse at (Y) and so on.
So what happens is, examples such as yours are downplayed in favor of pointing out the flaws (and it's that way with both Jantz & Barnett).
In all 3 touchdown drives vs. KSU, the offense looked well-oiled. It was fun to watch.
We simply need more of those each game.
Part of it's QB consistency & effectiveness, as well as minimizing penalties and turnovers, good line play, effective rushing game, dependability of receivers, getting first downs, good punting/field position when needed, confidence with placekicker and game plan that plays to ISU's strengths and can best exploit opponent's shortcomings (each adapted to specific opponent when necessary).
That's a lot of Stuff.
If all of that comes together better under one QB than another one, you go with that player as the starter.
Edit: Red zone efficiency, too.
One of our QB's couldn't beat out the other QB in 2 training camps and essentially a bowl preparation. Do the coaches have a low football IQ?
And we beat 3 of the 4 worst defenses in the league last year. It's not like our offense was some juggarnaut.
One of our QB's is 6-0 in non-conference games (which count, by the way), including 2-0 against Iowa, a defense ranked above the defenses we beat in conference a season ago.
Put me in the low Football IQ category also - I understand why one of the QB's is starting/playing a lot right now, but I don't fully understand why the other one isn't playing some too.
Jared led the O to three straight 500 yard games. Blame poor defense if you want...
I guess to me, arm strength was the last thing I thought was causing his struggles Saturday.
Much like Steele, I think the majority of his problem lies in his cranial cavity.
Even though his completion rate was similar to TCU game, I thought our receivers caught more of those ankle throws against TCU than they did against KSU. I guess missing low is less dangerous, but even if you get a fabulous catch, you aren't getting any yards after catch.
Good news for this offense--> its gets to play 2 of the worst defenses in the country in the next 2 weeks. Since JB likes to feast on poor defenses then woohoo, I look forward to being 6-2.