"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."
"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."