Iowa State football: Will Sam Richardson play against Texas Tech?


Iowa State quarterback Sam B. Richardson couldn’t overcome a shoulder injury he suffered against Oklahoma and ended up not even suiting up against Kansas on Saturday. How serious is the injury and when can we expect the main guy to be back under center?

Head coach Paul Rhoads said in his weekly press conference that he expects to see Richardson play in the next game.

Rhoads believes that Richardson will be back to normal throwing drills in about a week. As for the possibility of freshman Joel Lanning coming in at any point last Saturday. Despite him warming up on the sideline, no.

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Grant Rohach, who completed 15 of 20 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception last year in a 34-0 win over Kansas, completed just 25 of 50 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Iowa State finally ran the ball a ton on the Jayhawks last season but couldn’t get the same production this year. So Rohach threw the ball 30 more times and didn’t look that great at all.

Richardson being back under center is pivotal if the Cyclones want to end the season on any sort of high note.

Considering Rhoads believed Richardson would be good to go leading up to the game last week, it’s probably a good idea to take his prediction with a grain of salt. If there’s a possibility that Richardson can play, then there’s no harm in the head coach saying that he believes he will play and putting him in the probable category. If he can’t go in two weeks, he simply can’t go.

Other Paul Rhoads press conference notes

Rhoads came up with a list of things they need to improve on, and AllCyclones writer Alex Halsted was nice enough to compile the full list on Twitter.

Shouldn’t be too hard to fix that up during the bye week, right?

Rhoads also said that the team didn’t practice on Sunday and he is trying to find the answers to finish off the season in a positive note.