Richardson clearly was No. 1 going into this season, but he has been dogged by a succession of injuries, starting with a sprained ankle in the opener.
"It would be something nice to have just one guy take the bull by the horns and just run with it," Woody said. "But stuff happens. Sam sprains an ankle, hurts his thumb, hurts his shoulder. Stuff happens."
The Cyclones (1-7, 0-5 Big 12) are desperate for something positive to happen at quarterback -- and just about every other position for that matter -- with TCU (3-6, 1-5) up next.
They've been outscored 170-41 in the last three games, and the offense is struggling just to make a first down. The quarterbacks are missing open receivers, receivers are dropping balls, poor decisions are slowing the running game and the offensive line has been in disarray because of injuries.
Last Saturday was the first time the same five interior linemen started in consecutive games, and then one of them, tackle Daniel Burton, limped off with a sprained ankle.
"We need something to kind of jump start us downfield, to get us rolling," Woody said. "We need to make a play."
Rhoads said Richardson's injuries and the constant shuffling in the line have led to what might be viewed as a "sophomore jinx" for the quarterback, who played well after gaining the starting job late last season. It also hasn't helped that running back Aaron Wimberly has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.
"I think all of that leads to a sophomore jinx type of picture," Rhoads said. "Sam as a starting quarterback in high school lost one regular season game. You don't do that without being good at your craft and being confident in what you're doing.
"But we also realize that the supporting cast is necessary for that to take place, and when a lot of that supporting cast is on the sidelines in sweats, it's hard to put pieces together and get in a rhythm."