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AMES — Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell hasn’t wavered in his support for quarterback Joel Lanning. He stands firmly in his corner.
Yet, backup quarterback Jacob Park came close to seeing some snaps in the season opener.
Campbell said during his call-in show Monday and reiterated Wednesday there is no quarterback controversy, but Park could see the field at some point. It would be done, in part, to make sure he has gotten some game snaps in the event of injury or another disruption.
Park, a redshirt sophomore, hasn’t played in a collegiate game after redshirting at Georgia.
“You don’t want Jacob’s first opportunity to go in to be when he has to go in,” Campbell said. “You’d like to be able to put him in the game in a situation.”
There were nearly situations where Campbell put Park into the game against Northern Iowa, but said the decision not to was purely situational. It wouldn’t be out of the question to think fans could see Park in as quarterback at some point during the next few weeks and beyond.
“I think we’ll make that evaluation this weekend and see where we’re at,” Campbell said. “Joel’s our guy right now and Joel continues to work at it, but Jacob has worked really hard and had a good fall camp for us.”
TRIBUNE STILL SUSPENDED
Senior cornerback Nigel Tribune remains suspended following an arrest for an OWI charge this summer and will not play against Iowa. Tribune, who has played in a team-high 26 career games, also missed the season opener against Northern Iowa.
Campbell said he and Tribune have worked out a plan for a return, but wouldn’t say when that might be.
“The one thing I’ll tell you from Nigel’s standpoint is I’m really proud of him,” Campbell said. “He’s done a tremendous job since his incident. We’ve kind of tiered what I’ve asked him to do and what I want him to learn from this mistake, understand and continue to grow. Nigel has certainly done that.”
Defensive backs D’Andre Payne, Thadd Daniels and Evrett Edwards will all be available in the secondary against Iowa.
Payne and Daniels didn’t play against the Panthers due to injury and Edwards was banged up in the loss. All three practiced Sunday and throughout the week.
Linebacker Willie Harvey, who missed snaps against Northern Iowa to injury, returned to practice Tuesday but in limited capacity.
“Willie was slow (Tuesday) a little bit. He did a little bit more (Wednesday),” Campbell said. “He was practicing so I think again (Thursday), with how we practice being a full-go day and Friday being full-speed again, it’ll be really interesting to see where Willie is by Friday.”
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