Notes from the McCarney press conference

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.



Offense – None

Defense – Nik Moser

Special Teams – Troy Blankenship


Special Teams Captain for Oklahoma State will be Austin Flynn.



Health of the Cyclones


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 day-to-day.


Ryan Baum will have surgery on Thursday and told Coach McCarney he'll be back sooner than Todd Blythe was with his ACL injury.




McCarney said 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 non-conference games.

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 homecoming.


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 fault.


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 New England's 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.

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