It was expected to be a long controversy between Sam Richardson and Grant Rohach on who would be the starting quarterback for this week’s game against Oklahoma State, but Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads made the decision on Tuesday during his weekly press conference.
Rhoads announced that Richardson would make his 10th consecutive start under center for the Cyclones, citing more knowledge than Rohach at this point. With Richardson likely still fighting nagging injuries, does that mean Rohach will have a chance to come in again like he did against Baylor?
“I’d love Sam Richardson to start the game and play well and not have to think about it,” Rhoads said during the press conference.
Can’t agree with Rhoads enough on that point. In the past two games, Richardson has shown serious signs of wear from his injuries. He’s barely been mobile all season long, and his throws are inconsistent when he aggravates his ankle injury and can no longer step into throws.
It barely looked like he could finish the game against Texas Tech, and then he was pulled multiple times in the game against Baylor.
However, Rohach didn’t show any signs that he can swoop in to save the season immediately. When Richardson’s injuries aren’t a major problem, he’s shown toughness and the ability to lead an offense like he did against Tulsa and Texas.
With no more bye weeks, it will remain a toss-up of how healthy Richardson will be each week. But if he can go, then hopefully the Cyclones can help him out offensively.