Redshirt freshman Flynn to start opener
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Austin Flynn showed up at Iowa State dreaming of the day he'd become the Cyclones' starting quarterback.
That day has arrived.
Coach Dan McCarney on Thursday named Flynn, a redshirt freshman, the starter for the Aug. 30 season opener with Northern Iowa. Flynn beat out junior-college transfer Waye Terry for the job, which opened up after the graduation of Seneca Wallace.
"It's a great opportunity for me,'' Flynn said. "I've got four years left. Hopefully I can play well this season and let the seniors do the job this year, get some confidence, get some experience and just go from there.''
McCarney said Flynn was more consistent and made fewer mistakes than Terry in the team's first two scrimmages of preseason practice. Flynn then took every snap with the first team in the final scrimmage on Wednesday and played well, McCarney said.
"We feel good about it,'' the ISU coach said. "He's earned it. He deserves it. He's the number one quarterback. The only thing we don't know is how he and the other guys who haven't played react on game night. That makes it exciting.
"But we have faith and trust in him. He's a real outstanding young man.''
McCarney said Flynn and Terry both improved considerably since spring practice. He said Terry had a good preseason camp, but Flynn was better.
Cris Love, suspended for the Northern Iowa game, will have a chance to get back in the quarterback competition after that game. But as far as McCarney is concerned, the position is Flynn's to keep as long as he does the job.
McCarney also said he doesn't plan to rotate quarterbacks.
"I don't want to get into predictions, but I've got a feeling going in that it's going to be hard to knock him out of the number one spot if he comes out and has success in that first game,'' McCarney said.
Flynn knows he'll be watched closely because Iowa State's quarterback play has been outstanding the last three years.
Sage Rosenfeld led Iowa State to a 9-3 record in 2000 and is now with the Miami Dolphins. Then Wallace came in and led the Cyclones to bowl games in both his seasons as the starter. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks.
"I just want to lead the offense more than anything,'' Flynn said. "I'm not trying to be Sage or Seneca, just leave my own mark. It's a game. Just go out and have fun, roll the dice and just get after it basically.''
McCarney said he won't hold back anything on offense just because he has a quarterback who has never taken a snap in a college game.
"We can run everything in practices and scrimmages,'' McCarney said. "I hope we can in games.''
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