ISU head coach Dan McCarney met with the media Tuesday morning to discuss the Cyclones upcoming homecoming game with Oklahoma State. Here are some notes from the mornings press conference.
Defense – Nik Moser
Special Teams – Troy Blankenship
Special Teams Captain for
Oklahoma State will be Austin Flynn.
Health of the
They are leaning towards
redshirting Jason Scales. As of today he is not ready. The rehabilitation
process is going slower and longer than thought.
Stevie Hicks is still
Ryan Baum will have surgery on
Thursday and told Coach McCarney he'll be back sooner than Todd Blythe was with
his ACL injury.
Oklahoma State will come in as hungry as the
Cyclones are. Both schools have a record of 3-3 after starting the season 3-0 in
The Cowboys had seven turnovers
against Texas A&M last weekend, McCarney said the TO's didn't give them a
chance to win last weekend. Iowa State is also battling with turnovers.
Of the seven ISU turnovers three have been within the five yard line.
The Cowboys have made 17 turnovers
in six games. Even though Iowa State has had problems with turnovers
this season they're still only four teams with less turnovers than the Cyclones
in the Big 12.
The Cyclones will take the
mentality that a new season is beginning this weekend with
Oklahoma State coming to town for
Jason Harris will see action this
weekend. McCarney said he had ball security issues in camp and got it fixed
until last weeks fumble against Missouri.
Quarterback Bret Meyer is having a
good year but the offensive line needs to do a better job of protecting him.
He's accuracy rate is 64 percent and could be better without some of the drops.
He has seven interceptions but McCarney said a couple of those are not Meyers
Oklahoma State is a young team, with a blend of
guys from last season. The Cowboys have played 6-11 redshirt or true freshmen
this year. McCarney said they're good looking physically.
The head coach said the wagons are
circled tighter than they ever have been after
Iowa State's 0-3 conference start. Last
season the Cyclones were in this position but they had at least two big losses,
this year the three ISU losses have come down to the wire.
This week the Cyclones will get
some motivation from a former Cyclone near and dear to the program. Ellis Hobbs
will be in Ames this weekend with
bye week and will speak to the team prior to the game. McCarney said he told him, "What a great
time for you to holler at the team."
McCarney said he's been happy with
Iowa State's defense. If you take out the
overtimes, the ISU defense is giving up 14 points per game.
Ryan Kock is having a great season
for the Cyclones. On Saturday he had three touchdowns and is among the league
leaders in touchdowns. McCarney said it's hard to stop Kock; he loves his role
and is a real good option for the Cyclones on short yardage.
If Scott Fisher performs well in
practice he will start the Oklahoma State game. Johannes Egbers will also
see playing time Saturday.
Depth on the defensive line is a
concern for McCarney, they'd like to get more breathers for Brent Curvey and
Nick Leaders and also build for the future. The head coach said there's a big
drop-off from Leaders and Curvey and the players behind them.