Thanks everybody for coming, we've
got a beautiful day for media day. We got a practice in this morning, went
indoors obviously because of the rain. We still got a lot done. 26 days until
Defensively a number of kids are
really off to a good start. Devin McDowell, Drenard Williams, Rashawn Parker,
Zac Sandvig, Fred Garrin, Nate Frere. Frere came in at 295 pounds and he is
still in pretty good shape. He's a guy that wasn't on anybody's list, no stars
behind his name, but you watch his career, he is going to have a really good
career here at
Injured guys that are really doing a good job, great to have them back on the field, that were not with us in the spring, Scott Stephenson, Milan Moses, Jon Davis, John Machado, Jason Scales, Ryan Baum, and Eric Schultz are all back. Jordon Goos will not be with us for a while, he has the same injury Jason Scales had. He won't be back until later this season.
Leadership is strong, I like this
team so far, I like the way they are working. We are going to elect captains on
August 18th, but there
is a lot of potential leaders on this team that could end up being captains on
this team and I like that part of it. We've got the decal in that we're going to
honor Cris Love and it turned out real nice. We're going to honor his memory and
honor his legacy here at
On Having Four Iowans at Quarterback:
Yes, the intangibles are so
important at that position as you know, and whether they all play or don't play
they are all special guys. I know this much, if you watch Austen Arnaud out
there, you will see that he is every bit as far along as Bret Meyer was as an
incoming freshman. Now, does that mean that we are going to redshirt him like we
did Bret, or will he play, or challenge Kyle Van Winkle for the number two spot,
I don't know yet because it is way too soon. But (Arnaud) is 219 pounds and
strong, athletic, and smart, and we are really, really impressed with him. But
we knew all that when we started recruiting him a long time ago. What else do we
need to say about Bret Meyer? He has had two great years in front of him and has
two special years behind him and I think he is better right now than at any time
in his career at
On the questions or concerns about this year's defense:
Well, there are a lot of them. One
is who are going to be the playmakers? You take the heart of our defense away
from last year's team -- are all in NFL camps, three of the four at least. Nick Leaders was a four-year starter, and Tim Dobbins, was a two-year starter and is
now with the San Diego Chargers. Both safeties were around forever and (Steve)
On Adjustments to the spread of the spread offense:
We throw it all at them (the defense). We start the first day with all kinds of formations, fortunately we do a lot of that offensively. Every day when we go out to practice those defensive guys are going up against Blythe, Meyer, Stephenson, Brant, Barkema, Hicks and some really proven quality Big 12 football players. And if they can do some things consistently against those guys, it gives you more confidence going into the season.
On so few Defensive Guys Returning?
On working with Culbertson:
I don't think he's missed lots of big kicks, but he's definitely missed some kicks at the end of games. He's 20 out of 26 on field goals and 50 out of 50 on PAT's. So he's 70 out of 76, which is excellent, 92 percent overall. He was 19 out of 20 in practice on field goals yesterday. He's off to a real good start. Throughout camp, especially this year with a new snapper and a new punter, trying to put Bret in situations to win games, we're going to pull out our punt team or our field goat team out at any time and everywhere in practice so they better be ready. We're going to do that throughout practice, instead of the kids knowing which period it will be, we're going to bring those kids out at any time. Bret is off to a great start. He had a good summer at the Jamie Kohl kicking camp, working with NFL kickers. I understand he had a real good summer and is off to a great start.
On Hicks and the Running Backs:
Stevie is doing great. If he stays healthy, he will have a tremendous senior year. That's they key and it's a position where it is never easy to stay healthy and be durable because they take so many hits, but he has just looked outstanding and you can ask any of our defensive coaches or players what they think. He's fast, quick, he's off to a great start and we all know he is a real quality capable player when he's healthy and hopefully he'll come back with a great senior year. Behind him is Jason Scales, so great to see him out there running full speed. Jason Harris is #3 and then we've got some freshmen running backs we're going to throw into the fire real soon, real fast. We already have in half-pack, we're going to when pads come on and we're going to take a look and see if they can be any better than our veterans. But clearly Stevie Hicks is our starter.
On Expectations for Scales:
We want him to be the kind of player we thought he would be when we recruited him. When you stop and think about it, all the football he has missed and not only games, but practices which are your chance to improve, your chance to be coached, he's been away from football a lot more that he's been with football. So he's got a long ways to go. But he really looks good. He looks quick, he looks athletic, he looks in shape. He hasn't shown any signs of problems with that knee. Hopefully, he can stay healthy like Stevie Hicks. He will make a real difference on our football team.