Redbird Football Adds Transfer Quarterback Barnett
Jan. 17, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State football program headed into the offseason having to fill a big void left at quarterback by four-year starter and the school's all-time leading passer in Matt Brown. That loss may have lessened a bit Thursday, when ISU head coach Brock Spack announced that former Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett had transferred to Illinois State.
A native of Garland, Texas, Barnett played the previous two years for the Cyclones and will have two years of eligibility remaining for the Redbirds. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound signal caller has significant playing experience in the Big 12 and will be looked upon by Spack to add another dimension to his roster in 2013.
"If we were going to take a transfer at the quarterback position, he was going to have to be a player that brings something to the table that we don't already have on the roster," Spack said. "Jared has done a lot on the field and started 10 games at Iowa State. He beat Oklahoma State a year ago when they were ranked No. 2 in the country. He performed at a high level on a big stage and that is something we look for in transfers wanting to come into our program."
Barnett played in seven games and started three games for the Cyclones in 2012. He threw for 624 yards and six touchdowns, while also rushing for 130 yards on the ground. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Barnett started six games and led Iowa State to victories over No. 19 Texas Tech, Kansas and No. 2 Oklahoma State. Despite starting just six games, he still earned honorable mention honors from the league's coaches for Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and earned Iowa State's Ray Scott Award, given to the Cyclones' outstanding offensive player.
He finished the 2011 season with 1,201 yards passing and six touchdowns, and was second on the team in rushing with 437 yards and a score. In the team's win over No. 2 Oklahoma State, he put together one of the greatest stat lines in Iowa State history, completing 31-of-58 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to 84 yards rushing. The 376 passing yards ranks as the fifth-most in a single game in school history, while his 460 yards of total offense ranks third all-time.
In his first career start at No. 19 Texas Tech, Barnett threw for 144 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown to help the Cyclones earn their first-ever win in Lubbock. He also threw for 175 yards and rushed for 125 in the win over Kansas, becoming the first Iowa State quarterback since Bret Meyer in 2004 to run and throw for at least 100 yards in a game.
Barnett joins sophomore Adam Pittser and redshirt freshman Blake Winkler in the quarterback stable for the Redbirds. With two skilled quarterbacks already on the roster, Spack believes that Barnett will add a crucial dimension to the position.
"Jared fills a need that we thought we had to fill," Spack said. We have two young talented quarterbacks in our program already that are very capable, but we felt his experience and skill were too valuable. Jared is a very good athlete that can run, but he's a quarterback that can run, not a runner who can throw a little bit. That was important for us and we are glad to have him."
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