Adam Carper was named the
defensive MVP against
DeAndre Jackson was named the
special team's captain against
- Everybody, including Rashawn Parker practiced last night and is healthy for Saturday.
Quote of the Day
McCarney on Alvin Bowen – ""He's one of the guys that if you had to go into another dark ally, and we're going into a dark ally this week, you want to take Alvin Bowen with you."
Consistency is a Must
One common theme developing throughout this year's press conferences is the word consistency. So far, coach McCarney hasn't been happy with that aspect of his team.
"We need more consistency with our football team; there is no doubt about it. At times we are really playing well in all phases, but there's a real inconsistency about this team right now that we have got to get fixed," McCarney told the media on Monday.
McCarney used his special team's crews as an example.
"If you look at our punt coverage
a week ago it was probably as good as it's been in years around here. On
4th Quarter Blues
"We've lost all three fourth quarters this year, I don't like that and neither do my coaches and players," McCarney said.
How is he going about fixing this? Well, he'd like to play more players, but so far the twos aren't stepping up to the plate.
"We're addressing it and we want to improve on it. We've been a pretty darn good 4th quarter team in recent years," McCarney said. "We'll try to build more depth. We would like to play more guys. You've got to earn trust during the week with the twos, we talk about it all the time but we're not just going to throw them out there just to give our ones a break. They've got to prove during the week that they deserve to play. We want to finish stronger, obviously and it's important that we do that in the weeks ahead."
A lot of fans have been complaining about the play calling at the end of the game. They believe it's conservative. McCarney doesn't agree with that mindset.
"I don't agree. We all can do a better job when we lose a game. We could all do a better job of coaching, me and my staff, my players could do a better job, but I just have a lot of faith in Barney (Cotton). I think he's a tremendous coach and we have to execute more," McCarney said.
McCarney had more good things to say about Cotton.
"I love going to work everyday with Barney as my offensive coordinator, I love going to game day with him and I love having him on my sidelines," McCarney said.
McCarney was asked if it bothered him that the media was making so much of Blythe and Meyer not connecting during games. Here's what he said.
"Win or lose, we want to be respected. We want credibility. We know that not everybody is going to agree with the decisions that we make or I make, calls that are made by John or Barney or myself. Those are two real premier players on our team, our program and in the Big 12 conference. We want to continue to do everything we can to feature those kids. We'll keep moving towards that," McCarney said.
"We knew that we weren't going to be as good early in the year as last year, that's pretty obvious when you take that kind of hit. It's a combination of things. We've got to try and get more pressure. We've got to make more plays on the ball. We can't let them make yards after contact."
Here Come the Longhorns
"We've got to try and get our
running game going and we did some good things. That was a nationally ranked
rush defense over at
After listening to McCarney, it's
obvious how he feels about
At the end of the day, McCarney said the Cyclones will be ready.
"It should bring out the best in
all of us. All of the pressure should be on