Notes from the McCarney press conference

ISU head coach Dan McCarney met with the media Tuesday morning to discuss the Cyclones upcoming game with Army. Here are some notes from the mornings press conference.

  • Iowa State has not played on a Friday night since 1959.

  • The game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN 2 and internationally to 178 countries.

  • 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 season.

  • McCarney said playing Army will be a major challenge for many reasons:

 

    • Army is hungry
    • They're trying to turn their program around
    • They have lost a lot of close games at home
    • The game will be nationally/internationally televised
    • Army will be motivated to beat a ranked team; the last time the Black Knights have done so was 1972

  • As of now there are nine teams undefeated in the Big 12. The Big 12 North has a record of 14-1 entering this weekend.

  • Iowa State 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 Dobbins.

  • Iowa State will practice on Thursday night under the lights at a high school in New York to prepare for Friday nights game.

  • Iowa State has won three in a row going back to last year's wins at Baylor, Kansas State and the Independence Bowl.

  • 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.

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