Pre-Nebraska Nick Leaders Q&A

For ISU nose guard Nick Leaders Saturday's game will be his final trip to Memorial Stadium as a Cyclone. In this Q&A, the Omaha native discusses the Cyclones upcoming game with Nebraska.

On Iowa State's mindset compared to two years ago…

 

I think so this year we have more of an identity on offense. We know we can score points on people. That year we were just hoping not to get shut out which happened anyways. This year we know defensively we can get some turnovers and limit their offense a little bit and give our offense some good field position.

 

 

On the mystique of Memorial Stadium …

 

It's always going to with all those national championships and all the wining seasons. This isn't the same team they've had in the past; this isn't the teams of the mid-90's. They don't run the option any more, they've changed a bit, but they've still got the BlackShirt Defense this year, dominate in almost every defensive category there is and their offense after the bye week is going to be clicking and I'm sure they'll be pretty good.

 

 

On what's going on with the Nebraska offense…

 

I think they've good enough to win games; they're 3-0. Their running back is unbelievable; Cory Ross is one of the best in the nation and we've got to be able to contain him. Their quarterback is a JUCO guy and he's just learning the system and stuff. But like I said after they have the bye week they're going to have a lot of time to work on that offense and I'm sure they're going to be clicking for us.

 

 

On the gap closing between Nebraska and Iowa State

 

I think its Iowa State's getting better and I think the same thing is going on throughout the country. There doesn't seem to be as big of gap between the top team in the country and the last team in the country.

 

 

On his reasoning behind that…

 

People are getting out; they see more games on TV, more stuff on the internet. More chances to realize that they're going to have a chance to play three or four years some place and go someplace else and sit for three or four years and play one year maybe. So I think there's a lot more talent spread out around the country and any team can win on any given day now.

 

 

On ranking Saturday's game in his career…

 

This is extremely important; first of all it's the next game on the schedule. It's a chance to be 4-0, I don't know the last time we've ever been 4-0. It's a chance to get a win in Memorial Stadium, which not many people get a chance to do.

 

 

On what this team needs to get more consistent…

We jut got to run practice like that every day. We can't have up and down practices. We can't have a good day, a bad day the next day. We just got to go out and get more leadership on offense, defense and special teams.

 

 

On McCarney talking to the captains about leadership…

 

He didn't bring us in yet, but he'll probably talk to us. [He'll] let us know that bad things are going to happen, especially on the road and adversity is going to hit. We just got to step up and take it in stride, a lot of bad things but as a defense we just kept scratching and fighting and getting a turnover late and that being a deciding factor late in the game.


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