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"I'm sorry that I'm running a little bit late. I just got off the Big 12 teleconference and Leach (Mike) started talking about the Irish mafia. (laughter) We're all running late right now," McCarney said as he opened his press conference on Monday.
Depth Chart Notes
Red-Shirt freshman Steve Johnson
will get the start at FS this Saturday against
"It was strictly performance related. We're not getting good enough play at safety right now and we're going to give Steve Johnson his first chance to start," McCarney said. "We missed far too many tackles and that's a position at safety whether you're free or strong, you've got to be a real good consistent, solid tackler. That's the reason we made that move."
That means that junior Jon Banks is now moving to the backup SLB slot behind sophomore Adam Carper.
"We've given him some work there before. We'll see if we can strengthen our defense and do a better job. Our fundamentals aren't nearly as good as they need to be defensively," McCarney said.
In a special teams change, Bret Culbertson will now be handling the kickoff duties instead of Josh Griebahn who has been demoted to number two.
Defense – No MVP's were giving on defense
Special Teams – Bret Culbertson
Ryan Baum was also named the Big 12 special team's player of the week.
Coach McCarney told the media that
James Smith would not be available this weekend against
"He did get scoped last week. After he started running and sprinting and cutting, there was still some pain in there. So they went in and removed some scar tissue. He will not be available this week and it's day to day, week to week after this week. Hopefully we'll have a chance to get him back next week," McCarney said on Monday morning.
In addition to Smith's health issues, Coach McCarney commented on the condition of offensive coordinator Barney Cotton, who apparently is fighting a kidney stone.
"Barney Cotton is down in
An Improved Husker Offense
One of the big things that
McCarney hit on Monday about
"The scary thing is that they're so much better running the ball this year. I see four backs that could play for just about anybody in our league," McCarney said. "They can bloody your nose playing really physical and running the ball along with having a great college QB and play makers at WR."
The ability to run the football is
"They really upgraded the speed of their offense," McCarney said. "When you can run the ball like they can right now, it can really cause a lot of problems."
The Carriker Factor
"He'll have a long NFL career. We had tremendous respect for him a year ago," McCarney said. "He reminds me a lot of Grant Winstrom who we played against and coached against. He's had a great NFL career and I'm sure Carriker will do the same thing."
Last year as a junior, Carriker accounted for 9.5 sacks on the season and 17 tackles for a loss and was first-team All-Big 12.
"Anytime that you can beat a team
that is respected by everyone in the country and had such great success for
years and years and years, anytime that you get a chance to beat
The Team's Confidence
"Being around them yesterday, they know that they are capable of playing better. We've got to play better and yet, we've still found ways to win games. When you're down a couple of touchdowns like that, you still have got to have something pretty special about your team to come back and win against a really motivated Northern Iowa team," McCarney said.
The bottom line is that the Cyclones still have a lot to play for.
"Our kids I think understand that
we still have a lot to play for. There are all kinds of opportunities and
rewards out there starting with