Cyclones regroup after Monday's practice

After a disappointing practice to begin the week, the ISU football team redeemed themselves with a good showing on Tuesday.


"It was better today," ISU head coach Dan McCarney said. "This team responds. They really have so far and it doesn't surprise me they came back and practiced better today."


The Cyclones held a long practice this morning and in the afternoon practiced in just the half packs.


Tomorrow Iowa State will hold its second scrimmage – McCarney said it would be a minimum of 80 plays.


On Sunday the Cyclones break camp, so this is the week that the majority of the decisions will be made.


"[We need to] finalize as soon as we can with these newcomers who have a chance," McCarney said. "[Six to 10] have a chance to play. We'll know more after Saturday and these two scrimmages."


One area where the two-deep needs to get finalized is in the secondary.


"Obviously in the secondary, we know none of those 1's are threatened," McCarney said. "We know who our starting secondary is."


Behind those starts youth is plentiful and a number of those newcomers will get a chance to see action on Saturdays.


"I think there are three to four defensive backs who have a chance to play significantly special teams and then also in the secondary challenging for those two deep spots," McCarney said.


Newcomers to keep an eye on this week


-         Jason Harris at running back


-         John Machado and Thomas Patton on the defensive line


-         Alvin Bowen at linebacker, "There's no question he'll play," McCarney said.

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