The biggest story of the day might have come at quarterback, where redshirt freshman Austin Flynn has put himself on an even plain with first-teamer %%MATCH_12%%.
Flynn's work on Friday did nothing to discourage the coaches that gave him the promotion. During high-and-hard team drills he completed 3-of-5 passes for 28 yards and rushed twice for 18 yards. Love, meanwhile, threw yet another interception and finished with 38 yards passing on 5-of-8 completions. Cornerback Ellis Hobbs came away with the pick.
Flynn and Love assuming co-starting status was the main change in the depth chart coming out of Wednesday's scrimmage. Both will split reps tomorrow.
"Austin Flynn and Cris Love are on the same line, and they'll both play with ones and twos tomorrow," McCarney said. "Austin is getting better and really learning the system."
Flynn discussed his play following Friday's workout, saying that he still has a ways to go but is pleased with the progress.
"I'm learning a lot and still making a lot of mistakes," he said. "I'm trying to be more consistent. Overall, it's coming along and I've learned a lot from Love. Having been a backup, I've tried to get as much work with the ones as I can and make the best of my opportunities."
He has also shown the ability to make plays with his legs this spring and adds a dimension to the Cyclone offense that Seneca Wallace provided during the past two seasons.
"That's kind of my strong point is running," Flynn said. "I've got offensive linemen going downfield and making great blocks for me, so I'm going to take advantage of it. You've also got your receivers down there making blocks. That's been a big plus for me."
Some other top offensive performers on the day included Michael Wagner, who rushed for 35 yards on three carries and added a pair of receptions for 20 more. One of the offense's shining stars of the past week continues to be tight end Brett Kellogg, who made a pair of catches for 18 yards Friday. He is the first-team tight end ahead of Kenny Segin and James Wright.
Defensively, the Cyclones' secondary continues to impress. Hobbs added another in a long list of interceptions for the defensive backfield.
"They show up every day and give consistent effort, are physical and have great speed and anticipation," said defensive coordinator John Skladany. "They're making plays day after day."
Skladany added that cornerback Anthony Forrest will remain at his new position and not return to safety between now and the fall.
"It's so far so good with the experiment of putting him at corner," Skladany said. "He's going to stay there (through the fall). We're not going to fool with him."
Spring practice notes
Chris Jones and Korey Smith had sacks for the defensive reserves, while Walker Scott picked off a Kyle Van Winkle pass that was tipped by the receiver. Segin had a case of the drops with one ball thrown his way from Flynn. Reserve defensive end Beau Klaffke is missing practice time with a sore lower back that, McCarney said, will not need surgery. The Cyclone coach hopes to have Klaffke back in action Monday.
McCarney left immediately after Friday's practice for a 10-year Rose Bowl Reunion at the University of %%MATCH_13%%. Mac left from the Ames airport for Madison and will return later on in the evening in time for Saturday's scrimmage.
"It's amazing it has been 10 years," he said. "It's going to be real short and sweet. They've got over 70 players that are coming back and a bunch of coaches. It's a chance to go say hi to them."