The health of the team is good.
Bret Culbertson should be the Cyclones starting PAT/FG kicker, unless he should
get injured in practice prior to the game.
It is still not known when Jason Scales will be back. He is running and cutting, but has not played a down of
football yet. They are hopeful he will be back for the Big 12
McCarney said playing Army will be
a major challenge for many reasons:
They're trying to turn their
They have lost a lot of close
games at home
The game will be
Army will be motivated to beat a
ranked team; the last time the Black Knights have done so was
As of now there are nine teams
undefeated in the Big 12. The Big 12 North has a record of 14-1 entering this
IowaState has not played on the road yet,
the Army game will be the first of five away games.
McCarney is very excited to coach
against Army head coach Bobby Ross. McCarney said it would be an honor and
getting to coach against legendary coaches such as Ross is one of the best parts
of his job.
McCarney said 2004 Big 12 Newcomer
of the Year Tim Dobbins is a completely different player than he was last year
at this time, aided by his confidence and experience from a year ago. McCarney
said there is no player having more fun going to practice or playing games than
IowaState will practice on Thursday night
under the lights at a high school in New
York to prepare for Friday nights
IowaState has won three in a row going back
to last year's wins at Baylor, Kansas State and the Independence
The ISU offensive line continues
to do a solid job, but is not where Mac and the coaching staff want them to be
yet. McCarney said he would like to see the line perform as it did in the fourth
quarter against Iowa, which means the five up front
need to be more physical and more consistent.