Normal, IL (Sports Network) - Illinois State may have found its answer for the loss of the Missouri Valley Football Conference's all-time passing yardage leader.
Former Iowa State starter Jared Barnett announced Thursday on Twitter that he plans to transfer to Illinois State. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2013 season.
"Well it's Official. I'm headed up to Illinois State in a few days to join the Redbird nation!" Barnett said in a tweet.
Illinois State is coming off a 9-4 season in which it reached the FCS national quarterfinals, but the Redbirds will lose four-year starting quarterback Matt Brown, the MVFC's 2012 offensive player of the year and its all-time leader with 10,591 passing yards. He also threw for a school-record 78 touchdowns.
Barnett, from Garland, Texas, was in and out of the Iowa State starting lineup since late in the 2011 season. He threw for 376 yards in a 37-31 double- overtime win over then-No. 2 Oklahoma State in 2011 to knock the Cowboys out of the national title picture.
Barnett threw for 1,825 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons at Iowa State.