“Indispensable Cyclone” poll may have been correct and ISU eagerly waits for C/QB combination to gain health

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Maybe, there is a silver lining in the herky-jerky early season football schedule at Iowa State.

 Open the season, and then don’t play for 14 days.

 Play another game, and then go 12 more days with no game preparation.

 The lack of normal game weeks has been a challenge for Coach Paul Rhoads and his staff, but the extra rest is allowing for some healing. At least, we hope so.

 The Des Moines Register conducted an online poll in the preseason to choose the most indispensable Cyclones. The winner of that poll was QB Sam Richardson (34%). He was followed closely by linebacker Jeremiah George (16%) and center Tom Farniok (15%).

 George and Farniok likely earned many votes because of the lack of experience in their respective position groups.

 George is currently sandwiched between a pair of first-year starters and former safeties now playing linebacker for the first time.

 Farniok, a 27-game starter in his career, was scheduled to anchor an offensive line with a sophomore and a freshman guard but his first-half injury vs. UNI scrambled the whole front.

 “We’re hopeful Tom (Farniok) will be back for Tulsa based upon his progress so far,” Rhoads said.

 Richardson is bothered by a sore ankle, limiting his mobility and throwing accuracy.

 “You saw the same thing I did,” Rhoads said when asked if Richardson’s ankle was bothering him against Iowa. “Yes, it is.”

 The extra days of rest could be beneficial, especially for two of the three players listed on the Register’s poll. Their return to near full health would be a positive jolt to the offense.