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Iowa State names junior Sam Richardson its starting QB

Iowa State has named junior Sam Richardson its starting quarterback.

Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads said Monday that Richardson emerged as the starter following a competition in camp with Grant Rohach.

Richardson opened 2013 as the starter. But he struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness, and Rohach started the final four games for the Cyclones.

Richardson, who finished with 1,397 yards passing and 11 TDs last season, took advantage of the fresh start provided by new coordinator Mark Mangino to reclaim his starting job back from Rohach.

The Cyclones, who 3-9 in 2013, open against North Dakota State on Aug. 30.