It’s officially Sam Richardson’s gig in Ames, Iowa, again.
The redshirt junior impressed coaches with his accuracy and command of the offense in the team’s scrimmages. He won the quarterback battle over redshirt sophomore Grant Rohach.
Those performances left head coach Paul Rhoads no choice but to let Richardson lead the offense once again this upcoming season.
Richardson was more motivated than ever after being benched for the final four games of the season in favor of Rohach. He gained 15 pounds of muscle in the off-season and was determined to take back what was his.
Rhoads talked about Richardson’s will to win the starting position for the second time.
“There was a point in the spring when he was on the bottom looking up,” Rhoads said. “A lot of credit goes to him. He’s thick-skinned. He’s self-driven and motivated to compete.”
Iowa State is looking to improve, after going 3-9 last year. They open up their season against North Dakota State on August 30.