AMES, Iowa —
The soft-spoken Richardson is still growing into his role as a leader. But coach Paul Rhoads said Sunday that he’s seen Richardson make progress in that area during bowl preparation, and Richardson is doing his best to adopt a more assertive approach.
“It’s just being confident in your play,” he said. “Sometimes back earlier in the year I might have gotten frustrated with myself. Now it’s carrying yourself through those mistakes and carrying the offense as well.”
Iowa State has always thought highly of Richardson even when it wasn’t ready to hand him the starting job. But the Cyclones are even more confident in him after watching him play in games, because he’s shown a knack for making plays when it matters.
“To be honest, I don’t see a big bit of difference. I don’t mean that in a negative way,” Rhoads said. “I just mean that it’s not like with one start and a lot of playing time in the other game and these extra reps he’s bloomed into the next Dan Marino. He’s doing a nice job, but he also did a nice job before. He just didn’t do some of the little things that we needed him to do to hand it over to him.”