It's been 28 days since the
Cyclones last home game, the Sept. 10th 23-3 win over
MVPs from the
Offensive – Bret Meyer
Defensive – Tim Dobbins
Special Teams – nobody, for the
first time in four games
The overall health of the team is good except for Stevie Hicks and Jason Scales. Both players are day-to-day. Scales will be doing individual drills Tuesday night and will see how his knee feels and responds.
McCarney said that Guy Morriss has done a great job at Baylor. He has a good system in place, good players and is ranked in the top 30 nationally in every defensive category.
A lot of Morriss' success comes
from the strong base of
The loss on Saturday to
McCarney said he can relate to the Baylor football program because both programs have had to overcome perceptions.
What does McCarney see as the biggest difference between last year's Baylor squad and this one?
- 8 starters are back on defense
- They blitzed Texas A&M on half of the snaps last weekend
- They are playing aggressive and fast
- The Bears haven't had many turnovers
- They have an outstanding punter in Daniel Sepulveda
With Hicks and Scales' status in question McCarney said Meyer will not be asked to run more. He said they always have Meyer ready to run, but ‘it can't be the bowl game every week going against Big 12 defenses.'
Right now junior tailback Stevie Hicks is ‘disappointed, frustrated and wants to play,' but McCarney said they can't put him out there until he's ready to go.
The ISU coaching staff would like to play more 2's but McCarney said it comes down to trust. There's one 2 the coaches have a lot of trust in and that's No. 15 Alvin Bowen.
Austin Flynn continues to impress the head coach, McCarney said based on last spring it's the quickest adjustment from quarterback to wide receiver he could imagine.
Former Cyclone Darren Davis called
McCarney last week looking for some help.
When asked what he thought of the pink locker room controversy in Iowa City, McCarney said ‘I'm not going there,' with a laugh.