Iowa State has their work cut out for them when they take on Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners are rolling, and the Cyclone’s upset looks to have taken a major hit. As we reported early on Twitter, sources close to the Iowa State program told us that quarterback Jacob Park will not play against Oklahoma.
— LandGrant Gauntlet (@the_LGG) October 6, 2017
As is our policy, we try to exercise a great deal of patience with information and only report on what we can reasonably confirm. Big XII Country’s Iowa State Twitter account was the first to report the news. On Friday sources told us that Park did not make the trip to Norman at which point we felt confident in moving forward with the story. We are told that Park is serving a game suspension for violating unspecified team rules and while the specifics are not known, it is not believed to involve coach defiance.
To be clear, the school has yet to confirm whether or not Park will play, but coach Matt Campbell told Dylan Montz with the Ames Tribune on Thursday that “Jacob Park is not suspended from the team”.
In a text message to the Ames Tribune regarding quarterback Jacob Park, Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell said, "Jacob is not suspended from the team," amid rumors he will be unavailable at Oklahoma on Saturday.
— Dylan Montz (@dylanmontz) October 5, 2017
Campbell’s response came to the question of “if there were any inaccuracies in the rumors of Park’s situation”, which makes coach Campbell’s response fairly cryptic. He did not confirm or deny whether or not Park would play, just that he’s still on the team. Is this a bit of gamesmanship on Campbell’s part? We will know for sure on Saturday.
If the information is true, former Oregon State quarterback Kyle Kempt is expected to get the start as he reportedly put time in with the starters in practice this week. However, don’t be surprised to see former quarterback turned linebacker Joel Lanning back under center as sources indicated that he may play both ways. That might not be the only new wrinkle we see in the Cyclone offense this week either, so stay tuned.