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When Austen Arnaud took over as Iowa State’s starting quarterback in 2008, he was tasked with replacing the best statistical signal-caller in the program’s history.

Arnaud stepped into the shoes of  Bret Meyer, the program’s leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, passing attempts and completions, then promptly became the second-best statistical quarterback in school history.

Arnaud ranks second in program history in passing yards, completions and passing attempts. His 59.7% completion percentage ranks third in program history, as does his 42 touchdown passes. He is also inside the program’s top-10 in passer rating, one spot ahead of Meyer.

The Ames native remains the last Iowa State quarterback to start every game of the season, a feat he accomplished while starting 12 games during the program’s 2-10 season in 2008.

In 2009, Arnaud threw for 2,015 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading the Cyclones to a win in the Insight Bowl, the program’s first bowl win since 2004.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.