Carper to Rush End
Adam Carper, who spent last year at the SLB position has been moved to the RUSH end position. Carper, who is only around 220 pounds is undersized at the position but seemed to hold his own going head to head with Aaron Brandt on Saturday. The move was made because the coaches were interested to see what Tyrone McKenzie could do at SLB. Defensive coordinator John Skladany said afterwards that Carper looked natural at the position after his first day. The move looks like it's an experiment at this point and time.
CN will have a complete interview with Skladany on Monday in which he goes into this situation with great detail.
Greg Coleman was not in attendance on Saturday. CN reported on the premium message board earlier this week that he had quit the team.
Jason Scales was on the sidelines again on Saturday but it was because of a tweaked hamstring which he pulled on Friday.
Austin Flynn left practice early with a trainer. He walked off the field without a limp. CN will keep you posted.
The Kicking Game
Yes you read it right. The kicking game was great on Saturday. Chris Mahoski went 2-2 as he connected from 42 and 47 yards with plenty of leg left on both kicks. Bret Culbertson was also 2-2 on the day as he connected on two short kicks. Red-shirt freshman punter Michael Brandtner kicked an absolute bomb during a scrimmage. The kick was so strong that it hit the ceiling in ISU's Bergstom practice facility.
Alvin Bowen and Matt Robertson combine for one of the most intense line backing duos that this school has ever seen. Bowen is an incredible athlete that was involved in every single play on Saturday. With the addition of Tyrone McKenzie, this trio could be scary come fall for Big 12 opponents.
Hicks looked extremely healthy and
very fast out there on Saturday. He looked like the back that ran wild against
Baum was running full speed the entire time. He didn't look like he was feeling last year's knee injury at all.
There's no doubt that
Kyle Van Winkle
Two plays in a row during the scrimmage, Van Winkle couldn't get in position to even make the hand off to Stevie Hicks. Just when the coaches were getting down on him, he threw the ball tremendously well during full-speed passing drills. Brice Beck hardly took any snaps on Saturday. It's clear to say that at this point, Van Winkle is penciled as Bret Meyer's backup.
Sumrall dropped a lot of passes on Saturday and the quarterbacks were getting frustrated with his play.
Juniors in Attendance
There were numerous 2007 recruits in attendance on Saturday. Here are some notables.
Bernstine has already received
McNaul is one of the most highly
touted prospects in the
The duo from Humboldt was in
attendance on Saturday. Both have yet to receive offers from
Shawn Gerald –
In person Gerald seemed a little bit smaller than I had imagined. He's listed as 6'4 but I doubt he's that tall. Shawn was with his parents and they looked interested in what was going on.
Thompson looked like a monster in person.