Iowa State begins fall camp Aug. 7 as the 2015 season nears. Annabel Stephan and Alex Halsted are taking a position-by-position look. First up are the quarterbacks.
In Sam Richardson, Iowa State has a well-seasoned quarterback who enters his final fall camp in Ames with some confidence, a bevy of weapons to utilize and without a quarterback battle for the first time in a long time.
Richardson, who has started 19 of 24 games in the last two seasons, threw for 2,669 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2014 as Iowa State's primary starter, playing in 11 of 12 games while missing the one with an injured shoulder. Finally healthy — after also dealing with a number of injuries in 2013 — Richardson is poised to have his best season in his final go-around and is set up nicely to have one of the top seasons for a quarterback in Iowa State history in the second season under offensive coordinator Mark Mangino and with a talented set of tatgets.
Behind Richardson the Cyclones will enter the fall with Grant Rohach and Joel Lanning providing some experience behind their starter along with some potential. Rohach started last season when Richardson sat with a bum shoulder against Kansas and started the final four games in 2013 (he appeared in seven). So Iowa State won't be throwing someone into the fire should Richardson go down.
True freshman Dominic DeLira will learn Mangino's offense while redshirting during his first year in Ames and Kyle Starcevich will enter his redshirt freshman season after being on the scout team in 2014.
Iowa State hasn't yet offered a quarterback for the 2016 class, and recent indications are that the decision could ultimately play into the season. With that said, the Cyclones have keyed in on several prospects including Steven Frank (Illinois), Michael Frankl (Iowa) and Tyler Ferre' (Texas). In addition to those names, others have recently popped onto the radar including Devin Williams (Texas), who attended the Cyclones' final camp of the year on July 24.