Rhoads see improved QB play as a key to Big 12 success

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Over time, the most successful passing teams in the Big 12 have won the most games. It’s an area that Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is seeking the biggest improvement for his club.

“We most definitely need better play from the quarterback position if we’re going to become a better football team,” Rhoads said.

In the last five Big 12 seasons, 14 schools have completed at least two-thirds of their passes (in conference play) and only one (K-State in 2010) had a losing league record. Nine of the 14 schools either won or shared the league or division championship. Those schools won more than 71 percent of their league games.

Iowa State has completed 50.4% (10th-best), 58.4% (10th-best) and 59.2% (7th-best) of its attempts in league play during Rhoads’ tenure.

“If we are going to become a better offensive football team – which is very important in this league to be a better football team – it’s going to take better quarterback play.”

That means completing more passes. It’s a pretty simple and dependable formula in the Big 12.

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