Camp winds down for Iowa State

In just a little over two weeks the 2005 edition of the Iowa State Cyclones will take the field at Jack Trice Stadium. The majority of the depth chart has been set, but there's still some key positions up for grabs.

Camp is winding down for the ISU football team, the squad held its last two a day of the preseason on Thursday.


Iowa State worked out in full pads this morning, but wore only the half packs for the afternoon session.


Head Coach Dan McCarney said he's been very pleased with the play of his two quarterbacks of late.


"Both quarterbacks are really sharp throwing the ball," he said.


No. 2 Terrance Highsmith has been coming on, looking better than he has in the previous months. After Thursday afternoons practice he was named one of the three leaders of the day.


"T-High is our No. 2 quarterback without question," McCarney said. "I'm real proud of him… He's the backup but he's a darn good back up, much better than he was in the spring."


McCarney said about 90 percent of the No. 1's are locked up. One of the better battles is on the defensive line, where McCarney said Cephus Johnson, Shawn Moorehead and Jason Berryman are all playing like starters.


Another battle brewing is at running back, where Greg Coleman, David Brown and Jason Harris are jockeying for the No. 2 position.


"Jason Harris is the fastest," McCarney said. "He's had some big runs in the last couple of days because of his speed…He's still very much in the mix. [It's] such a real good battle to see who will be behind Stevie Hicks if Jason [Scales] is not ready for the opener."


Iowa State will practice tomorrow morning in shorts, there will be a walk-through and team meetings. The last scrimmage of camp will be in Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday.


Friday night Iowa State will vote on team captains.


"I'm really looking forward to that; there's a lot of real good potential captains," McCarney said.


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