TCU defenders may get their first taste of a two-quarterback system from an opponent in Saturday’s game against Iowa State in Amon G. Carter Stadium (11 a.m., FS1). The Cyclones (0-2) rank last among Big 12 teams in scoring (11.5 points per game) and coach Matt Campbell has made it clear he will open up the starting job in practices this week and may use both Joel Lanning and Jacob Park against TCU.
Lanning, a junior, has started since the middle of last season and was one of the offensive standouts in the Cyclones’ 24-0 upset of Texas last season. But he struggled in last week’s 42-3 loss to Iowa and Park, a transfer from Georgia, completed 6-of-15 passes for 79 yards after replacing Lanning in the contest. In Monday’s news conference at the school, Campbell said: “If you look at my past, I’ve never been a one-quarterback guy … We’re going to do whatever we need to do to give ourselves some consistency.”
TCU linebacker Sammy Douglas, who posted a team-high 17 tackles in last week’s 41-38 loss to Arkansas, downplayed the significance of preparing for multiple quarterbacks in Tuesday’s news conference at TCU.
“Not really,” Douglas said. “We just go out there and compete with whoever is out there on the field with us. Try and get everybody down.”
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Asked about Lanning, who played in last year’s 45-21 victory by the Horned Frogs, Douglas said: “He’s a good player. When we played them last year, they gave us a run for our money.”