The Iowa State Cyclones have had trouble finding a stable quarterback that can both produce and be a leader since head coach Paul Rhodes came to Ames, Iowa in 2009. This year, sophomore quarterback Sam Richardson has the chance to reverse that trend and become a true leader on the Cyclones offense.
Richardson got valuable playing time near the end of the season for the Cyclones in 2012 and showed that he can lead the Cyclones to victory in 2013. Last year, he threw for 541 yards and eight touchdowns in just four games played. He also ran for 233 yards and a touchdown.
This year, Richardson will get the majority of snaps and will be able to prove himself as the signal caller for the Cyclones offense in 2013. In order to keep Iowa State contending for a bowl spot and possibly more, Richardson will need to improve the Cyclones offense from where it has been the last few years.
Since 2009, the Cyclones have finished 73rd, 99th, 60th and 92nd, respectively, in total offense. In a league where offense is king, the Cyclones will have to improve their offensive numbers to stand a chance at a good season. Their defense is solid, but Richardson will need to throw the ball more as well as be able to scramble when needed. The good news for the Cyclones is that Richardson is more than capable of doing so this fall.
The bad news is he will really only have one tune up game when the Cyclones face Northern Iowa on Aug. 31. Rhodes will need to figure out exactly what Richardson can do for the Cyclones’ offense in this game before they play the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sept. 14.