Richardson passes “eye test” and, more importantly, helps Cyclone offense explode at Kansas.


Sometimes, the “eye test” is a good indicator. Other times, it’s not.

Sam Richardson, the freshman quarterback at Iowa State, throws a nice ball. It’s normally on target and at a pace that allows receivers to catch it and keep running.

At least, that has been this writer’s impression after watching a few practices in the last year-and-a-half. He passed the “eye test” as a thrower. Richardson has also been described by some football people as the best natural thrower on the team.

But, Coach Paul Rhoads requires his QB to throw accurately and make good decisions under pressure and make plays running.

The questions surrounding Richardson have centered on decision making because he hadn’t performed in game mode yet. After Saturday’s bowl-clinching, offensive explosion at Kansas, Rhoads got to see his QB make decisions in critical situations.

“I knew he was capable,” Rhoads said. “But, you don’t know until they get out there with the lights on. Sam took the field very composed and poised and delivered physically.”

Rhoads thinks he runs well enough, too. He made a mature play at the goal line to score a TD on the ground against the Jayhawks’ stacked line.

With his most significant playing time to date, Cyclone fans have had the chance to see how Richardson performed in the “eye test”. I suspect you were impressed.

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