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Creekmur shifts to football

Former Bobcat leaving Arizona State basketball to play football at Iowa State as walk-on

April 20, 2012
By TRAVIS HINES - T-R Sports Writer (thines@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Chanse Creekmur has been bothered by a pesky feeling since leaving Marshalltown High School to join the men's basketball program at Arizona State.

After two years, he's officially doing something about it.

The former Bobcat football and basketball standout plans to walk-on as a quarterback with the Iowa State University football team this fall, the sophomore told the Times-Republican on Thursday.

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Marshalltown High School grad Chanse Creekmur, who played two seasons of college basketball at Arizona State, has said that he will walk-on with the Iowa State football program. Creekmur, pictured above during the 2009 season at MHS, threw for 3,589 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior as the Bobcats advanced to the state championship game.

The 2010 MHS grad had been a contributing member of the Sun Devils basketball team in both his freshman and sophomore campaigns, but announced his intentions to transfer and switch to football at a school closer to home last month.

"I've been thinking about it for a while now. I had my fun at basketball. I just could never get rid of the itch to play football again. I just said maybe it's time to see what I can do," Creekmur told the T-R.

Creekmur led MHS on an undefeated run to the Class 4A state football championship game his senior season before the Bobcats fell to Iowa City High in the title game to finish the year 13-1.

"In that '09, magical season we had, he really willed us to some wins there that were just amazing," said Bobcats head coach Dave Holdiman. "His effort was tremendous. His leadership was pretty obvious."

He set single-season Class 4A records that year in completions, yardage and passing touchdowns, leading Holdiman to believe his signalcaller was a BCS-level talent.

"Absolutely. There's no doubt about it," said Holdiman. "He made some great throws, some great decisions. He's one of those guys where he would come off the field and I'd ask him, 'What did you see?' and he'd start talking about the safety did this and I said, 'That's all I need to know.'

"He did a great job with his reads and of course the result was an unbelievable number of completions and a lot of big plays. Of course, 13 wins in a row, you can't knock that."

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder entertained football scholarship offers following that breakout season before settling on ASU hoops.

"I was really close (to playing football), actually," Creekmur said. "Obviously, the good (2009) season we had, we went real far and a lot of people were excited about that and obviously I was too but basketball is something I've done for so long. I was just more familiar with what was going on. I knew what to expect."

Creekmur and Holdiman both said they have been in contact with ISU head coach Paul Rhoads and assistant Shane Burnham.

"(Burnham) told me they're very excited to have him on board. They know about his athletic ability," said Holdiman. "I talked to Coach Rhoads a couple weeks ago at their clinic about Chanse.

"They're very open to getting Iowa kids that are going to be contributors to their program. I think Chanse fits that bill. He's a kid that contributed in a lot of ways."

Coaches are not permitted to speak to the media about prospective student-athletes per NCAA rules.

Creekmur plans on making a run at QB, but sounded open to moving positions if necessary.

"I'm open to whatever, but that's the plan (to play quarterback)," Creekmur said.

Holdiman believes Creekmur could find his way onto the field in more than one position.

"I'm sure he's going to get a look at the quarterback spot, but with his size and athletic ability he could fill in at their H-back (tight end/wide receiver hybrid) as well," said the nine-year MHS head coach. "He's got a lot of abilities and they'll tap into where he's going to help the team the most."

Creekmur played in 57 games for the Sun Devils, averaging 4 points and 18.5 minutes per game over two years as ASU went 22-40.

The Bobcats' all-time leading scorer said neither the team's nor his personal on-court lack of success were the reason for the switch.

"It was just time for a change," he said.

He'll have two seasons of eligibility and one redshirt season available to him as he attempts to reacclimate himself to football after two years on the hardwood and off the gridiron.

"He's a gifted athlete. I have a feeling he'll adapt very readily to the changes," Holdiman said.

Iowa State is in the midst of a quarterback battle now with senior Steele Jantz and sophomore Jared Barnett as the frontrunners. Redshirt freshman Sam Richardson is also in the mix.

Overall, ISU has seven quarterbacks currently on its roster.

"He's got a lot of talent. I'm really excited to see what he can do because he could set the world on fire over there and really be a tremendous contributor to their program," Holdiman said.

Creekmur said he would also entertain the notion of playing basketball for Fred Hoiberg and the Cyclones, though it didn't seem a likely possibility.

"That's a lot of work," Creekmur said. "I've got to really sit down and think about it because that's like two full-time jobs."

 
 

 

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