Tuesday Practice Report: Scales Sidelined

Iowa State had its first day of two-a-days on Tuesday. They worked on all facets of the game and got some valuable work done in the running game. But one Cyclone was absent from the day's action. Get the scoop in this practice report.

Iowa State finished its first day of two-a-days Tuesday with some positives and one big negative. Sophomore running back Jason Scales injured his left knee, requiring surgery earlier Tuesday.


"Jason Scales hurt his other knee. He had it scoped this morning and has already started rehab.  He tore a little bit of cartilage in the other knee.  He got hurt on the second day of practice in 2005 and the fourth day of practice in 2006.  My heart goes out to him because he wants it so bad and works so hard.  Hopefully, he will be back but we have those three freshmen (Josh Johnson, Mitchell Moore and Alexander Robinson) on the fast track behind Jason Harris," McCarney said.


On the bright side of thing, senior Jon Davis continues to progress well coming off his Achilles injury suffered in the spring.


"He continues to do more and more everyday.  It used to be just early stuff, then some individual drills. He's getting some seven-on-seven now, some real team work.  So far he is doing a fantastic job," McCarney said.


McCarney said he can't be sure if Davis will play against Toledo 23 days from now, but he wouldn't count him out.


Another senior who continues to impress the coaching staff is Brent Curvey. The 6'0 295 pound tackle is the stalwart on the young defensive line.


"Curvey is in a class by himself. Moorehead does some real good things but Brent is way out in front there," McCarney said.


As for the rest of the defensive line:


"We're looking at Taylor, we're looking at Ferguson, we're looking at all the newcomers. We're looking at Braaksma, we're playing him some at end and nose guard. We are cross training a lot of guys, not everyone but a lot of guys. Let's find the best two, best four guys," McCarney said.


Wednesday is the first time the Cyclones will go into some live action and a time when McCarney can really see the competition step up.


"We'll have 10 plays with ones, 10 with twos and five with threes and see how much work can get done with live stuff. We are not going to move the chains.  We'll see if the offense can get four yards or more and if the defense can hold them to less than that," McCarney said.

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