Ten days from now the Cyclones
will take the field against
"We've been on
The extra week of preparation has the coaching staff on their toes.
"This is the time all coaches have to be at their best to make sure you get the most out of your kids," McCarney said.
"My gut is they're going to step off the bus blitzing knowing that Bret Meyer is a pretty dangerous quarterback back there and we got some pretty good receivers," McCarney said.
The Cyclones will try to contain a familiar face in running back Brian Thompson.
Thompson spent three years with the Cyclones; he redshirted his initial freshman season and was named the ISU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year in 2001.
The following season Thompson
rushed for 305 yards and four touchdowns; in 2003 he appeared in all 12 games
"He wanted to be a starter and we
told him, ‘you're not going to start unless there's a number of injuries here
and you can stay and be a heck of a special teams player,'" McCarney said. "He's
a great kid, everybody really liked BT, but to be a starting running back it's
not going to be at
After a slow start (four carries, two yards and two fumbles in the first four games), Thompson led the team in rushing with 866 yards. He was ranked No. 48 nationally in rushing yards per game with 86.6. During the conference season Thompson averaged 125.2 yards per game to lead the league in rushing.