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Iowa State’s QB options amid the Hunter Dekkers situation

Iowa State’s QB options amid the Hunter Dekkers situation
Following gambling accusations against Hunter Dekkers, the Iowa State Cyclones football team finds itself in the midst of quarterback competition which includes redshirt freshman Rocco Becht. (Credit: Raymond Carlin III/USA TODAY Sports)

AMES, Iowa (BVM) – The Iowa State football program was thrown for a loop on Tuesday when the Des Moines Register broke the news that the Story County Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against starting quarterback Hunter Dekkers and his alleged gambling on Iowa State sporting events.

Dekkers, the Cyclones starting quarterback last season, issued a statement on Twitter through his attorneys that “[He] has informed the University and the coaching staff that he cannot participate in fall football camp.” Last year, Dekkers played in all 12 games, going 4-8 and throwing for 3,044 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as well as rushing for 73 yards and two additional scores. This earned the quarterback All-Big 12 honorable mention by the conference’s coaches.

With Dekkers highly unlikely to suit up for the Cyclones this season, Iowa State finds itself in a difficult position just before the start of fall camp. The team only has four other quarterbacks on the roster and only three games of high-level college football experience on their combined resumes. Given the difficulties facing the Cyclones this season, here are the team’s options under center.