Iowa State LB Joel Lanning defends QB Jacob Park after criticism from Texas game

Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning is still a firm believer in the player who stands in the same shoes he once did.

According to the Des Moines Register’s Tommy Birch, Lanning defended quarterback Jacob Park on Tuesday after Park received heavy criticism for his performance in Iowa State’s 17-7 loss to Texas on Sept. 28.

“He came back to practice today. He’s doing well,” Lanning said, according to Birch. “He knows what he did wrong and he’ll fix those things. He’ll come back even stronger this week.”

Park, a junior from Charleston, S.C., was intercepted 3 times in the loss to the Longhorns – completing just 50 percent of his pass attempts on the night. Park’s quarterback rating of 87.4 was the lowest of any game he played in this season.

Lanning, who played at quarterback for the Cyclones from 2015-2016 before moving to linebacker this season, said he could relate to the pressure that Park felt following the loss, according to Birch.

“I’ve been through the situation where you play bad, everyone wants you benched,” Lanning said, according to Birch. “That’s the kind of spotlight you’re in at quarterback.”

Despite his struggles against Texas, Park hasn’t been without moments of promise this season. Park threw for 347 passing yards and 4 touchdowns against Iowa in Week 2 before following it up with another 300-yard, multi-touchdown game against Akron in Week 3.

Iowa State (2-2), returns to action on Saturday for an 11 a.m. road-matchup against No. 3 Oklahoma. The game will be televised on FOX.

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