Press Coverage: Week 11

Iowa State is beginning preparation for Kansas dealing with a number of injuries. Get the latest on Sam Richardson, Jevohn Miller and more in this week's Press Coverage

Richardson banged up entering week

Sam Richardson wore a black sling on his right arm Monday after taking a hit late in Saturday’s 59-14 loss to Oklahoma, but remains at the top of Iowa State’s depth chart and is currently expected to play against Kansas.

Richardson was hit by two Oklahoma defenders late in the game and sustained a banged-up shoulder, Paul Rhoads said Monday. The quarterback, who was replaced by Grant Rohach, was seen wearing a sling Monday.

“[We’re] expecting him to play and are excited about seeing him get back on the field,” Rhoads said Monday. “I don’t know if redeem is the right choice of words, but nobody was more displeased with how the offense played, how the team played, than Sam was.”

Richardson was just 15-for-40 (37.5 percent) in the loss and Rhoads said afterward there were 20-plus plays in which Richardson either misfired or a receiver dropped the ball. The Cyclones were caught off-guard when Oklahoma, which entered the game blitzing on 22 percent of snaps, blitzed on 60 percent Saturday.

“That’s a big change in what you prepared for and how that goes,” Rhoads said. “We didn’t do a very good job [adjusting]. I think our offense is still playing at a high level and I think they still have a lot of confidence.”


Miller likely done for the season

Jevohn Miller was set to undergo an MRI on his right knee Monday, but Iowa State still fears the worst when it comes to the prognosis.

Miller, who took on a cut-block on the second defensive play, certainly won’t play Saturday against Kansas, and the injury is expected to be career-ending. Doctors believe the injury was sustained to Miller’s MCL, but remain unsure if the extent goes beyond that lone ligament.

“It’s ugly on tape, but it’s a clean play,” Rhoads said. “It’s a legal block and it’s a clean play. I have no problem with what happened on the play, it’s just a bad result of a botched snap and that caught his eyes and his eyes didn’t go where they should have to defeat the block.”

Either Alton Meeks or Kane Seeley will replace Miller at middle linebacker. Meeks started the season in the middle, but Miller quickly filled the spot after the coaching staff was unhappy with the play in the season-opener.

“Kane and Alton are both taking reps with that No. 1 unit, and how that breaks down, we’ll see by how they practice this week,” Rhoads said. “Either one of those guys has very little game experience. I will say that Kane did some positive things and probably grew in the process of Saturday’s game against a very talented outfit.”


Positive injury news on other fronts

While the injuries continue to stack up for the Cyclones, there was positive news on that front Monday as the defense is expected to be bolstered come Saturday.

Brandon Jensen and Robby Garcia are both expected to return against Kansas, as if cornerback Nigel Tribune, who missed Saturday’s game after tweaking his groin during a practice late in the week.

Defensive lineman Devlyn Cousin (elbow) may eventually get a brace to allow him to get back on the field this season, Rhoads said, but it remains unclear when.


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