Cyclone Spring Practice Report 11

It didn't take long for Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney to share his feelings on Saturday's 107-play scrimmage inside Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones closed out their 11th practice of the spring with some mixed reviews from their coach.

Never one to sugarcoat anything, McCarney had this to say when asked about Saturday.

"Physically they came ready to go, and it was a real productive scrimmage from that standpoint," said McCarney. "But it was the sloppiest scrimmage we've had from a penalty standpoint since I've been at Iowa State. We had all kinds of flags, some pre-snap penalties, some defensive off-sides, some interference and defensive holding.

"It was very uncharacteristic of the teams we've put on the field at Iowa State. All 10 years I've been at Iowa State we've been one of the least penalized teams in the league every year. We didn't play like it today. We couldn't have beaten anybody on our schedule today if we would have played a game. Iowa State beat Iowa State today."

In addition to the numerous mistakes on both sides of the ball, the Cyclones committed one turnover with their starting offense – when linebacker Tim Dobbins forced a fumble and safety Steve Paris recovered -- and two more with the second-teamers.

One more bit of bad news came on the injury front, where spring surprise Brandon Hunley broke a bone in his hand. The redshirt freshman safety will likely miss the rest of spring and could have surgery in the near future.

Even ISU's kickers didn't make much an impression on a gusty day at Jack Trice.

"We were way too inconsistent overall," McCarney said. "We'll take our time to go through everything, evaluate tape, and go through the kicking. The kickers were inconsistent today and I didn't like that. It was a windy day, but so what? We're going to kick in windy days all the time."

Saturday's scrimmage didn't end with the final snap of the ball, however.

"I ran them after practice for the first time all spring, because of how sloppy the team was," ISU's head coach said. "I didn't like that at all. I'm real glad this wasn't the spring game today, and we have another week to improve and iron some things out. Hopefully we'll be much better a week from today than we were today."

Despite the fact the Cyclones took a step backwards, the passing game did show some improvement over last Saturday's full scrimmage.

"The one offense made plays throwing the ball and the one defense made some plays in pass defense," McCarney said. "We were a little bit better (passing the ball), and Bret (Meyer) was solid."

ISU returns to the practice field Monday afternoon. The workout will be half practice and half scrimmage. McCarney said some depth chart changes could be expected between now and Tuesday morning's press conference.


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