Iowa State sophomore quarterback Jared Barnett has had an up-and-down season to say the least. Barnett has gone from starter to third-string quarterback in the matter of a couple of weeks this season and that has propelled him to transfer from the school.
Cyclones head coach Paul Rhodes announced Friday that Barnett and fellow-sophomore linebacker C.J. Morgan will be transferring from the program for their own personal reasons.
Barnett started a handful of games in the past couple of seasons and was 4-5 when he did start at quarterback.
He is a dual-threat quarterback who ran for nearly 500 yards a year ago while passing for over 1,000 yards in the same season. He began the season on the bench before starting in week five against TCU.
He started three straight games before losing his starting job to senior quarterback Steele Jantz and freshman Sam Richardson took over as the Cyclones quarterback for the final two games of the season.
Barnett threw for over 1,800 yards and 12 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in his career at Iowa State. There are no indications to where the sophomore quarterback will be transferring to, but a decision is expected to be made soon.
Coach Rhoads said the reason for Morgan’s transfer is related to family issues and wants to play closer to home.
With Barnett gone and Jantz graduating, Richardson will look to be the starting quarterback for the Cyclones for years to come. After taking over, he threw for 541 yards and eight touchdowns in two games. He is a talented young quarterback and Barnett must have known that Richardson was the future so transferring was the best option.