Game breakers

Football is the ultimate team sport, so it is hard to single out certain players and say that they were more import then others. However, these are a few players that stood out on Saturday night.

Iowa State

 

Bret Meyer

The sophomore QB quietly had a great evening. After missing on his first two passes of the game Bret hit on 19 of his next 23 passes including five out of five on the first drive of the second half. Bret showed his maturity and leadership by coming out in second half and leading the offense on three consecutive touchdown drives. Bret's final line was 30-41-0 for 314 yards and one TD.

 

Austin Flynn

Not only did Austin lead the team in catches, he showed that he can be counted on to make the big catch. Twice Austin came up with big catches on third down to move the chains. Austin even made a tough 18 yard grab between two defenders on a third and 21 in the first quarter. All together Austin had 7grabs for 64 yards.

 

Tony Yelk

Tony was perfect on all four of his kicks, three extra points and a 25 yard field goal in the fourth quarter. With everything he has been through it was great to see him out there knocking them through. It was equally as pleasing to see the opening kick of the game go sailing through the uprights. It is hard to say what the coaches will do when Culbertson comes back, but for now Tony has earned the right to kick.

 

Defense

The defense held the Redbirds to 2.6 yards per carry, had 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. If not for two big pass plays (against a player that was cramping up) the D would have pitched a shutout. The Illinois State offense didn't cross mid-field until their seventh drive of the first half. The defense has to clean a few things up, but there is a good foundation to build on heading into week 2.

 

Adam Carper

For all the speculation surrounding the SAM linebacker (primarily from people such as myself) Adam Carper did a great job in run support and playing the pass. Adam had 5 tackles and 1 interception. Even though he wasn't credited with a tackle for loss, I thought he was in on a couple in the first half. Adam should have a very good year and the best part is he is only a freshman.

 

Jason Berryman

For a guy that hadn't played in a year Jason looked very good. Berryman had 4 tackles, 1 pick, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 1 pass break up. Not bad for a defensive end. It was very impressive watching Jason pursue the play from. Once he gets his legs under him and gets into midseason form he is going to be fun to watch.

 

Illinois State

 

Laurent Robinson

At 6' 2" 193 pounds this kid is big and fast. He beat the Cyclones deep twice for 55 and 80 yards respectively. He single handedly tried to lead his team to victory and almost pulled it off. For the night he had 6 catches for 177 yards and 2 TD's.


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