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.