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Iowa State opens spring drills with high hopes

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Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson threw for eight touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman. Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson threw for eight touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman.

After a 7-6 season in his first year at Iowa State, head football coach Paul Rhoads has had three straight losing seasons, going 5-7 in 2010, followed by back to back 6-7 campaigns.

The Cyclones opened spring practice on Tuesday, trying to get the program's momentum going back in the right direction.

Iowa State started three different quarterbacks last season. Steele Jantz graduated and Jared Barnett transferred, so sophomore to be Sam Richardson is the favorite to start.

In four games, Richardson threw for over 500 yards with eight touchdowns and just one interception. He also averaged more than five yards per carry on the ground.

Iowa State has lost bowl games the last two seasons, and that's not good enough.

"We're always trying to take steps. We talk about it every day, building on what we've done as a program," says Richardson. "Definitely expectations are always higher. It's not that expectations are like, last year we wanted to win the Big 12, whatever you want to set it as. Just being able to execute more than we did last year and the year before."

"I trust every year those expectations climb," said head coach Paul Rhoads. "Even though this team is younger than the last two, they've had enough of a taste of it, and the taste hasn't been very good to end the past two seasons."

The Iowa State spring game is April 20th. The regulars season opens with two home games, on August 31st against Northern Iowa with the Iowa Hawkeyes visiting Ames on September 14th.

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