Vander Sanden was an offensive lineman on the ISU football team from 2000-2004.
The Inwood native was a two-time academic all-Big 12 first team performer and
won the ISU all-around Academic Achievement Award in 2003. On the grid iron,
Vander Sanden was an honorable mention all-Big 12 selection his senior season
and was one of
How about some overall comments on the Cyclones 28-21 victory over Army?
The game this past Friday night against a determined Army team was definitely a nail biter for the Iowa State Football family. I thought that the Clones got some things going their way in the second half. Some guys stepped up and made plays, and we had a huge break on a facemask penalty that gave the Cyclones a first down. That was huge!
In some ways do you feel that
I hate to say that they play to
the level of their opponents. It is
hard to argue that point though.
You can look and say that yes,
This past weekend, who would have
Saying this, who is to say that
What does this victory do for
I think this victory definitely
I think the players will be
anxious going into the Big 12 opener against
What were your thoughts of the defensive performance on Friday night?
Honestly, I was surprised how well Army was able to establish their running game. I thought that Army's offense was out to make a statement. I thought they did that on Friday night. Nik Moser went out with an injury in the game and his presence off the field was definitely noticed. I thought that DeAndre Jackson picked his game up and may have had a career game. I was surprised how well Army's offensive line opened up holes.
As a defense unit that has to worry Coach Skladany on Friday night what happened. I am not worried though. Trust me, Coach Skladany will get it corrected and coached. It looked as if guys over-pursued their gaps, as well as missed tackles. Any time your defense does that, there are going to be creases for the offense to break some long runs.
We saw first hand how penalties can change the whole outcome of the game. Talk about the facemask penalty when Bret Meyer was being sacked and ISU got the first down instead of having to punt the ball. Was that the biggest play of the game?
I think the facemask penalty
against Army was the biggest play of the game.
What kinds of things does McCarney do regarding penalties? The announcers mentioned he breaks down tape of the penalties for the team to watch on Sunday. Is there any discipline for being called for a penalty?
There is some discipline regarding committing penalties. Without giving any direction on the game plan, penalties are all about focus and discipline. As a former player, you never want to commit a penalty because you are letting your teammates down as well as your coaches. If you commit a penalty in a game, it will get addressed in meetings and corrected in practice.
Talk about the play of Ryan Kock;
he's been on a touchdown tear heading back to the
I have known Ryan Kock since he came his senior year of high school to workout with the team. He is a small town farm kid. From living with him, he is a very competitive man, and he is a team player. When Ryan gets the chance to carry the ball, he makes sure that he makes the most of it. I would have to say he is one of the most valuable players on the squad up to this point of the season. He takes the approach that he will not get denied short of the end zone. He is definitely a fun player to watch. He reminds me a lot like Mike Alstott from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Just a tough, touch sucker!
The rushing game again struggled,
77 yards total, compared to Army's
I am not the one to point a
finger. The hogs up front
definitely determine the outcome of football games.
DeAndre Jackson had a big night, returning two kicks for a total of 125 yards along with an interception. Is he starting to remind you of Ellis Hobbs?
I don't think anyone will ever fill the shoes of Ellis Hobbs. Ellis was a special young man that everyone looked up to. He played through pain, was inspirational, was caring, and is the definition of a specimen and a football player.
DeAndre definitely played a MVP type game on Friday. He has a great vision of the football field and has wheels to make big plays. I think he shows inklings of Ellis, but he will make his mark as DeAndre Jackson. I need to see some consistency week in and week out from DeAndre to start making comparisons to Ellis Hobbs. Don't get me wrong, DeAndre is a darn good football player, and I am glad we have him on our side!!
Depending on the severity of
Stevie Hicks' injury, if he's not ready to go for
I don't know if I would say Stevie's absence from this Saturday's game will change the outcome. It is called other guys rising to the occasion and stepping up. Like I said earlier, Stevie's presence on the field definitely makes the Cyclones better on offense. I thought that Greg Coleman did a nice job filling in for Stevie on Friday night at Army. If Stevie is not ready, look for guys to step up and rise to the occasion. Coaches always said, "You never know when your number will be called…So be ready."
Which Cyclones will we see against
I think we will see a determined
Cyclone football team. Playing at
Give us an idea of what the
postgame locker room must have been like. What message did McCarney give the
players about the Army game and remaining focused for
Coach Mac definitely was happy for his team for showing character and resiliency against a determined Army squad. I am sure that he told the team that it wasn't pretty against Army, but a win is a win. It is better winning ugly than losing pretty.
I am sure that Coach Mac told his guys that they made a lot of mistakes in the game that they can learn from. He told them he was happy with the character and heart they showed in the second half. Coach Mac probably told his players to enjoy the win, but come back to practice focused, and ready to work hard.
Good luck to