For the first time in a couple of years, quarterbacks Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett aren’t on the roster. Jantz is graduating and Barnett is transferring. This leaves no question in Sam Richardson‘s head who is going to be the 2013 starter. He is.
Richardson is not new to the starting position – he started three games for the Cyclones in 2012. He did play in four games though and in those game games, his stats totaled 500 yards, eight touchdowns and just one pick. He also averaged around five yards per carry on the ground.
The Cyclones started practice on Tuesday with determination to get the program headed back into the right direction. Head coach Paul Rhoads went 7-6 his first season in Ames, with the last three being letdowns, going 5-7 and back-to-back 6-7 seasons. The last two years, the Cyclones have made it to the post-season, but lost both bowl games.
Their first goal should be to set the bar higher than a 6-7 record. I’ve said it many times and I will say it again – Rhoads is a good coach, and the players respect him and want to win for him.
With this young team and the rebuilding most of the other programs in the conference are doing, anything is possible.
The Cyclones’ Spring game is scheduled for April 20.