Defensive tackle Rodney Coe had another strong game in replacement of David Irving. Coe isn't quite the disruptor, but he's a good bit stronger, and thus better equipped to hold his blocks
Here are a few items from the notes I took during Saturday's game, which saw ISU drop to 1-9 on the season with two games left to go. Trying to focus on a few of the positive notes, things Iowa State can build on going forward.
Limited duty for Sam Richardson: Two passes, two runs. The changeup could have been useful, no?
Where do we begin with Grant Rohach? I don't knock him too much for his two interceptions — one was essentially a long punt and the other in garbage time off a Bibbs drop — but his lack of pocket awareness is disturbing. He took five sacks against the Sooners and too often stretched a negative play out to the sideline. Rohach needs to be coached up to throw the ball away, and it's puzzling that hasn't happened yet.
Rohach did do a serviceable job in the short and intermediate passing game. I counted 15 of 23 in that area for him.
DeVondrick Nealy needs more than eight touches in a game. He averaged eight yards a carry and nine yards a reception.
Bibbs is really improving as a blocker. He sealed the edge off on Wimberly's 16-yard run.
Kirby Van Der Kamp is going to get dead leg. Seven punts for 277 yards today.
Defensive tackle Rodney Coe had another strong game in replacement of David Irving. Coe isn't quite the disruptor, but he's a good bit stronger, and thus better equipped to hold his blocks.
End Cory Morrissey had five tackles, one for a loss of nine, in what might have been his best game as a Cyclone. Morrissey played a speed option very well, forcing Blake Bell's hand and then reacting to a cutback by the back off the pitch. He also held his ground on a reverse.
Jeremiah George again racked up 10 tackles, but he deserves a share of the blame for the long rushing gains, as many came right through his turf. The middle linebacker showed his blitz too quickly.
Jacques Washington will very likely finish second on the team in tackles (he had 13 today). Nothing against him, but it is clearly a problem when a safety has to rack up as many tackles as Washington. Ballcarriers are too easily getting past the first and second level of Iowa State's defense.
Sam E. Richardson, a pleasant surprise, the way he played LaColtan Bester in the corner of the end zone. That's been the problem for the shorter Richardson, but the cornerback reacted nicely in the air.