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Sophomore James Capello and redshirt freshman Jared Barnett are also in the mix.

Rhoads has said that Capello, a 6-footer from Lebanon, Pa., isn’t the most polished or the fastest quarterback in the group, but the third-year coach has been impressed by Capello’s knack for sustaining drives.

Capello led the Cyclones on a six-play, 79-yard scoring drive in garbage time against Utah last season, and Rhoads said he’s shown a similar ability to move the team in practice.

Barnett, who is also 6 feet and roughly 200 pounds, battled injuries in 2010. But he’s considered a dual-threat quarterback with experience in a spread offense from his prep days in Garland, Texas, where he threw for 2,134 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior.

All eyes will be on Jantz, though.

Jantz has downplayed the attention he’s been getting and has even traded in his faux-hawk for a close buzz _ a cut more suited for a player who’s spent the past few months working toward being the starter for the Sept. 3 opener against Northern Iowa.

“I don’t worry about it,” he said. “Because when it comes down to it, I can only control what I can control. That’s my mentality.”