AMES — Grant Rohach is getting his chance to try to reverse Iowa State’s free fall through the Big 12 Conference.
Rohach, a redshirt freshman, is listed as the No. 1 quarterback on the Cyclones’ depth chart for Saturday’s home game against TCU, ahead of season-long starter Sam Richardson.
Coach Paul Rhoads said that didn’t necessarily mean Rohach would take the team’s first snap, even though he played the rest of the way after replacing Richardson in the second quarter of last Saturday’s 41-7 loss at Kansas State.
“Quite honestly, depending on how this week flows, Sam could run out there as the starting quarterback,” Rhoads said Monday. “Right now, I don’t know who will be the starter.”
If that kind of talk has unsettled Rohach, it didn’t show in his demeanor. He calmly said he’d prepare as if he’d be the starter.
“I’ve done that every week, no matter if I’m the backup or third-string even,” he said. “I feel like no matter what position, you always need to prepare as if you’re going to start the game, so that’s how I’m going to attack it.”
Neither quarterback distinguished himself last week in the Cyclones’ latest embarrassing loss.
Richardson, a sophomore, completed 6 of 12 passes for 38 yards and was intercepted once. Rohach went 11-for-24 for 88 yards with two interceptions. He also was sacked twice.
“I obviously did not have a great game,” Rohach said. “But I feel like I’m more comfortable back there than I was in my first half against Baylor (three weeks ago). I think I have improved since then.”