Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson is nearly finished with his first spring as the Cyclones starter.
A new role and a new system haven't slowed down the sophomore.
Richardson earned high praise yet again Saturday from Iowa State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham for his work in spring ball. Both Messingham and Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said they're pleased with what they've seen so far out of Richardson, who took over the starting job at the end of last season and entered the spring atop a thin depth chart.
Richardson has apparently made strides in his game despite having to also learn the intricacies of the pistol offense, which Iowa State has started integrating into its playbook over the past few weeks.
''I'm very happy with his progress this spring. That's one thing - he's always been a very smart quarterback. From day one, we realized that he really understands schemes. Now, he's understanding them with the bullets flying,'' Messingham said.