Summer Busy For Arnaud
AMES, Iowa There is no offseason for Austen Arnaud. Summers for the Iowa State signal caller are booked from morning to evening as the Ames native balances school, work and preparation for the upcoming football season.
Not exactly a summer vacation.
“I work out in the morning, work and then do homework,” Arnaud said. “That’s my day.”
Any extra time that can be found during the day is for studying film.
Working out in Ames does have its benefits, as Arnaud and the rest of his teammates work to learn a new offensive system. The drill is nothing new for Arnaud, who will be playing under his third head coach and offensive coordinator of his college career.
Arnaud redshirted his first season at Iowa State, learning Dan McCarney’s offense. After that came two years with Gene Chizik, where Arnaud grew from backup to Bret Meyer into the author of one of the best single-seasons in school history.
Arnaud threw for 2,792 yards as a sophomore in 2008, the third-highest total by an ISU quarterback in a single season. His 247 completions set a school record. Arnaud also set single game marks with 440 passing yards against Kansas State and tied Seneca Wallace’s school record of 493 yards of total offense in that same contest.
Now Arnaud is faced with another offensive scheme, this one under head coach Paul Rhoads and offensive coordinator Tom Herman.
“Learning a variety of systems is not something you want to do, but I’ve kind of grown accustomed to it,” Arnaud said. “I can adapt and am handling it pretty well. This is the right system for this team and for the Big 12 because you really have to score points to win.”
Arnaud and his receivers and tight ends have been working out together four times a week, throwing passes and trying to get accustomed to the new offense. Now the veteran players have been joined by the team’s newcomers, allowing all parts of the offense to work together.
“The best part of having the young guys here is that the best way to learn something is by doing it,” Arnaud said. “Right now we are just all working together to learn the system.”
While the workouts are serious, Arnaud and backup quarterback Jerome Tiller line up at receiver from time to time just to keep things light.
That alignment during workouts, however, is strictly for fun.
“I’m not a burner,” Arnaud said. “I have no reason at all to be out there.”