2006 football season is nearing; in fact, the preseason is here. Kickoff is
exactly 28 days away, and the
"It feels great.
The team started off Wednesday with a fairly short practice and with half pads which it will be like for a couple of days according to McCarney.
"It will be a short first two days, half pads a couple days, and the first full day of pads will be on Monday. It's all about evaluation now, and building your team one day at a time," McCarney said.
During the summer months, the team
did a lot of healing and two notable Cyclones in Jon Davis and Jason Scales both
practiced on Wednesday. Scales is reportedly doing great and McCarney is calling
"We're in real good shape. Going into two-a-days and camp we are probably as physically healthy as we can be right now. We are anxious to watch some guys that are coming back from surgeries and other injuries. Obviously you can only see so much without pads, but whatever happens with (wide receiver) Jon Davis, he is an inspiration for all of us and he has come a long way since tearing his Achilles," McCarney said.
The big question mark facing
"Well, we are missing a lot of guys from last year's defense, there is no doubt about that, but I think we have recruited well and if we play with energy, emotion, spirit, toughness relentlessness and play within our system, which is a proven system in the Big 12 Conference, I'm confident that we will have another solid defensive unit. But we have a lot of work to do in the days ahead," McCarney said.
Not only was Wednesday the first practice of the season, it was the first practice in a lot of guys Cyclone careers.
"It is a good bunch of kids. We said that last February and a whole bunch of them passed their conditioning check. Not all of them, but a bunch of them did and we are real excited. There is a whole lot of personality within this group of newcomers. If they can play as well as they talk, we will have a real good bunch," McCarney said about the newcomers.
In between the end of the 2nd semester and summer workouts, the players have three weeks off. Senior WR Austin Flynn only had two and a half.
"I only got to take two and a half of those weeks off because I came back early for (former Cyclone) Nic Moser's wedding. That was my vacation," Flynn said on Wednesday.
The summertime is over and Flynn's senior campaign has begun. There's no question as to where the WR's head is at heading into the fall.
"Absolutely, I love it, it's my senior year. You don't really realize how fast everything goes by until you get to your senior year and you start counting reps. You take everything more serious, whether it be a push-up or a sit-up. It all means a little bit more to me than it may to a new guy who has four or five years left to do it all," Flynn said.