Iowa State completes second scrimmage

With camp winding down the ISU football team got a solid grade after completing its second scrimmage of the preseason. The scrimmage was 80 plays, but that doesn't include all of the additional kicking snaps.

"I thought it was a good day," ISU head coach Dan McCarney said. "There's no ties when you go 1's [against] 1's. Somebody wins and somebody loses each play and each series. There was some give and take throughout all of it. I thought both sides did some real good things."


McCarney said there were no turnovers by the 1 or 2 offenses, although there was one on special teams and one by the 3 offense. The Cyclones committed five penalties, which is five too many as far as McCarney is concerned.


"We'll get that cleaned up," he said.


Scrimmage Highlights


-         Iowa State's kicking trio of Tony Yelk, Bret Culbertson and Corey Paetznick hit every kick they attempted on Wednesday.


-         Tony Yelk ended the scrimmage nailing a 52 yard field goal on the final play of the day


"[It was the] end of a two minute drill," McCarney said. "The defense did a great job of stopping the No. 2 offense. We gave [Yelk] a shot and he stroked it right down the middle."


-         The core of the secondary continues to impress.


"[We had some] outstanding plays by our secondary," McCarney said. "[They] knocked the ball down or broke it up and had such good leverage on the receivers. There were two or three times a receiver caught the ball but didn't have control to go out of bounds and part of that was because of the defense and the position of the defensive backs and the plays they made. I thought they broke on the ball well.


-         Newcomer Houston Jones moved from quarterback to safety earlier this week and already has made a statement. The 6-foot, 190 pounder had an interception in the scrimmage.


-         JUCO transfer Jon Banks and redshirt freshman Brandon Hunley are neck and neck for the No. 2 position behind free safety Steve Paris.


"[Banks] and Hunley have a real good battle for No. 2 right now," McCarney said. "We'll watch the tape and evaluate and see where they are today."


-         One key special teams position is closer to be solidified. McCartney said DeAndre Jackson and Austin Flynn have been doing good things at kick returner.


-         A decision will be made on wideout Marquis Hamilton in the next few days.


"We got to make a decision on Hamilton," McCartney said. "Is he in the mix? If he's a 7,8,9, I'm not going to blow a year on him. If he's a 4,5,6 then we're going to play him this year. Realistically we're trying to see if he's a 5 or 6."


Iowa State will finish out the week with a two-a-day Thursday, a single practice on Friday. On Saturday the Cyclones will scrimmage in Jack Trice Stadium and break camp on Sunday. ISU classes begin on Monday.




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