"You've got to do everything you know you're not that great at. You've got to work on it all the time. Like, I've been in the weight room all season long,'' Richardson said. "You have to always be ready for an opportunity, and when it comes you've got to seize it.''
Richardson might not have the strongest arm. Yet he was incredibly accurate against the Jayhawks, throwing for as many touchdowns as incompletions and helping the Cyclones score 28 points in the second quarter alone to put the game out of reach.
Richardson might not have the quickest feet of any of the Cyclones quarterbacks, either, but he also ran for 43 yards and a touchdown - just enough for the defense to respect his ability to beat them with his legs.
Rhoads also said that Richardson has the right temperament for the job.
"He is what you saw on the field [last] Saturday night. He is a composed, poised, almost non-assertive young man with a very easygoing personality that's easy to like,'' Rhoads said.
As Rhoads winds down his fourth season at Iowa State, it's become clear that the Cyclones are much deeper than they used to be.
But the one position that's kept Iowa State from rising to the top of the Big 12 - like Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and others have in seasons past - is a star quarterback.
No one is saying that Richardson will be that guy, especially not after just three quarters of evidence. But it was an encouraging debut.
"It gives you, a glimpse, an eye of what he's capable of under the lights,'' Rhoads said.