Weather Keeps Cyclones In For Day

The start of padded practices cannot come soon enough for an Iowa State team that was forced indoors to the tight confines of the Lied Recreation Center Friday afternoon. High winds sent the Cyclones inside for their second day of spring ball, and final tune-up before the pads come on.

"You're limited without pads on, but the work ethic is good and attitude is there," said ISU head coach Dan McCarney. "We're throwing a lot at them right now. It's only our second day of practice. Our expectations are the same for the guys that haven't played or practiced at all, from an assignment standpoint. You've got to know what you're doing out here or you're not going to get a chance to play. We're checking effort, responsibilities, assignments and the little things."

Mac's squad will open its Saturday practice with 90 minutes of drills followed up by an abbreviated scrimmage that will focus on some defensive shortcomings of a year ago. It will also be the first of several key evaluations during the spring.

"Today's just kind of dancing, but that's real football," McCarney said. "You can measure a little bit, but not a lot without these pads on. I'm real anxious to get going. Tomorrow we'll find out a lot more.

"We're going to get a little workout in the field and get some short-yardage and goal-line. It won't be very long. We'll go an hour and a half of fundamental group practice, then scrimmage for about thirty minutes."

Friday wasn't without its fair share of big plays, however, especially during seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 team pass and run drills. Starting quarterback Cris Love struggled to complete some short passes and was intercepted by cornerback Johnny Smith during seven-on-sevens.

Some of ISU's backup receivers made some nice plays in seven-on-sevens as well. David Banks-Bursey made a nice diving catch about 20 yards downfield. Austin Flynn showed off his strong throwing arm on a completed pass to Todd Miller near the left sideline. But starting wideout Lane Danielsen proved he's still one of the top players at his position by making a diving catch of his own in a drill involving quarterbacks and receivers.

The offensive staff rolled several players in and out of first-team drills, notably tight ends Kenny Segin, James Wright and Brett Kellogg. Banks-Bursey and Lance Young also got some time with the ones. Tailback Stevie Hicks also hit the field with the first-team, splitting some time with Michael Wagner. Hiawatha Rutland and Brian Thompson also were utilized in some two-back sets.

Quarterback Waye Terry also struggled to make some routine throws and had to recover his own fumbled snap in 11-on-11 drills. Fourth-stringer Kyle Van Winkle rifled a pass into the hands of Eric Snyder that went for 25 yards to the left sideline.

ISU's second day of spring workouts didn't see many depth-chart changes. Bob Montgomery, Luke Vander Sanden, Casey Shelton, Cale Stubbe and Seth Zehr took the first-team snaps up front. Ryan Kock remained the first-team fullback.

On defense, Marc Timmons looked to get more snaps with the first-team defense. The linebacking group remained the same, with Brandon Brown, Joe Woodley and Erik Anderson.

Anthony Forrest continued to split time with Johnny Smith at cornerback, and that battle should be one to watch in the coming weeks. McCarney sounds convinced that Forrest will remain on the outside.

"I hope we can leave him there," McCarney said. "We'll keep evaluating him as the spring goes on, but I really like him out there at corner. He has a real presence out there and I think he's got the feet and speed to play that position because he's going to see future NFL receivers all over the place in this league."

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