Tiller’s spring game performance is positive momentum for the second year in a row.


Some people learn from life’s lessons and they prosper. Maybe, that’s the path that Jerome Tiller is taking.

One year ago, Tiller was engaged in a battle to become Iowa State’s starting quarterback. He left the 2011 Cyclone Gridiron Club Spring Game with positive momentum after completing 12-18 passes for 174 yards and two TDs.

Tiller, unfortunately, let his grades slip. He was declared ineligible during fall camp and became a non-factor in the quarterback competition. Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett took the reins of the offense and each directed the Cyclones to three wins. Tiller watched and worked on his academics.

In the off-season, the coaching staff moved Tiller to wide receiver. He had one year to learn a new position. But, he has taken the challenge and Coach Paul Rhoads feels he can contribute this fall.

“He really has shown us that he can leverage a defensive player with his long arms, long levers,” Rhoads said. “He catches the ball well enough to make some football plays for us. He’s not going to create a lot of separation so we’ve got to create that separation for him.”

But Rhoads noted that in the last five practices he was productive. Tiller had five catches in this year’s spring game and recorded a 50-plus yard TD the week before in a scrimmage.

Tiller has certainly embraced his new role and latest opportunity. Now, he’s in the mix to be a contributor in 2012.

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