Notes from the McCarney press conference

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

MVPs from the Baylor game:


Offense – Bret Meyer. Meyer completed 61% of his passes and McCarney said if there wouldn't have been a couple drops or three Hail Mary's he would have completed 75% of his passes on Saturday.


Defense – Jamarr Buchanan. Buchanan had 10 tackles and recovered the fumble forced by DeAndre Jackson. He will also be special teams captain this weekend.


Special Teams – None.


Injury report


Ryan Baum had a MRI at noon today and there's a good chance his tore his ACL.  


Stevie Hicks and Jason Scales are still day-to-day.




Tyler Lorenzen will replace Baum at wide receiver, while Todd Blythe will see action as punt returner. They'll also work Jon Davis and RJ Sumrall back there. DeAndre Jackson, Chris Singleton amongst others will be vying for the gunner position on special teams. Sumrall will also replace Baum on the kickoff team.


Presser notes


McCarney said the team needs to get back to basics this week. Missouri is a dangerous team because they blitz all day and all night.


According to McCarney it seems like Brad Smith has been at Missouri as long as the head coach has been at Iowa State. The Cyclones need to be defensively sound, McCarney said it seemed like Oklahoma State had problems on their gaps and that Smith sees things from the shot gun position very well. Missouri has not had many turnovers this year. Smith hasn't been sacked or thrown an interception yet.


The important thing to remember is that Iowa State isn't getting blown out, they're 3, 4, 5 plays away from winning the games. There's still six games left in the Big 12 season, so there's still a lot to play for and the goals the team set at the beginning of the season are still intact. It just comes down to making plays and capitalizing on opportunities.


Even though Iowa State has only forced two turnovers in the last two games, the Cyclones still have 12 in five games and are second in the Big 12. McCarney said they need to make more plays like Jackson made on Saturday when he forced the fumble. When the defense forces TOs it creates confidence and gives the Cyclones a shorter field to work with.


The Cyclones haven't been beating themselves with turnovers or penalties. Iowa State is the least penalized team in the Big 12.


Blythe has been working punt return since the beginning of practices. He doesn't have tremendous speed, but has good ball security and an elusiveness about him.


Last years game is still in the players mind, but they know it's a different time, different season and a different team. McCarney said Iowa State is 2-0 against Black and Gold teams this season and they want to make that 3-0 after Saturday.


McCarney is real proud of Tim Dobbins as a student-athlete, husband and father. He has great potential and is still scratching the surface of what kind of player he can be. He's got a lot of people looking at him and has the character and the physicalness to play on the next level. He needs to become a little more consistent.


Scott Fisher will see more action this weekend, he needs to continue to improve on cutting down on mental errors, but has really improved since the beginning of the season. Johannes Egbers will start the game at left tackle.

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