Cyclone Spring Practice Report 8

Two days after its biggest scrimmage to date this spring, Iowa State's main focus Monday afternoon was cleaning up the mistakes of the 100-play intra-squad dual. The Cyclones went high-and-hard thud, which meant no scrimmage situations or tackling.

"We worked on the corrections from Saturday's scrimmage," said head coach Dan McCarney. "We took a lot of time for meetings to review the tape, then got on the field to apply the corrections. Hopefully we improved the football team. We did a lot of individual work today, more than usual, from a correction standpoint. We had a one-on-one drill for the whole team. Then we had the normal fundamental things that we always have.

"It was one of those practices where there can't be any scrimmage or taking anybody to the ground. But I thought we got a lot done. I've challenged our kids, because we've only got six practices left and then the spring game."

It was business as usual for Iowa State's defensive playmakers, who all had good days. McCarney praised the work of the heart of his front seven, Tim Dobbins, Brent Curvey, and Nick Leaders.

"Dobbins has had a great spring and showed up again tonight," the Cyclone head coach said. "Curvey and Leaders always do. Whenever you're trying to run the ball those guys make it hard on you inside. They're really playing good football."

And this wouldn't be a spring practice report with another Austin Flynn reference. The quarterback-turned-wide receiver earned mention once again, and so did the player he switched positions with.

"Flynn showed up again as a receiver and I'm impressed again with the improvement of Terrance Highsmith," McCarney said. "We moved him to number two and he did some things again tonight. The competition sure isn't over, but he has a slight edge coming out of the last two practices."

The Cyclones' passing game was lacking on Saturday, but the tempo and efficiency picked up again on Monday.

"I think we did a better job tonight," McCarney added. "There is a lot of pride in that unit. We have quality receivers, even with Blythe out of there we have guys that can catch the ball. Bret Meyer is a quality thrower, but it's just a matter of putting it all together with protection, timing of routes, and timing of the throws. But they were definitely better tonight than Saturday in the scrimmage."

ISU gets back into a scrimmage mode on Wednesday. After starting with 75 minutes of practice time, McCarney hopes to get at least 50 scrimmage plays in before the end of the day.

"We'll go half and half," he said. "We want to get into a number of situations."

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