After four years as an Iowa State quarterback, Joel Lanning will see what he can do as a linebacker for the Cyclones. NFL scouts will be watching, too.
A scout told The Des Moines Register‘s Randy Peterson “we’re starting all over again” with film on Lanning. The emergence of junior Jacob Park often left Lanning on the sidelines, a fact coach Matt Campbell wasn’t too pleased with.
“We’re not good enough to not have one of our best players playing somewhere and affecting the game,” Campbell told Peterson.” It’s one of my responsibilities to have our best players in the game, and how do we make that happen?”
A move to linebacker seemed to be the answer. Lanning has added about 10 pounds, up to 230 while standing 6-foot-2. He still sports No. 7, but so does fellow linebacker Willie Harvey, meaning a change could soon be in store for one of them.
Lanning had proven to be a dynamic dual-threat quarterback, with his 11 rushing touchdowns tying for seventh in the Big 12 among all players. He’ll get a chance to prove that athleticism transferred to linebacker, starting Sept. 2 against Northern Iowa.
“There’s no video proof yet of what he can do as a linebacker, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have a shot in the league,” the scout told Peterson. “We’ll all be looking hard at him.”