McCarney announced on Monday that no offensive or defensive MVP awards were given out after his teams 42-26 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday.
Bret Culbertson was the special teams MVP after his perfect day on Saturday, along with his career long 52-yard field goal.
"We're hoping that Austin Flynn
and Stevie Hicks will be ready this week.
McCarney also mentioned that the whole slug of defensive players with ACL injuries [Kurtis Taylor, Adam Carper, Josh Raven and DeAndre Jackson] are all doing very well. They all have had surgery, except Jackson who will have his this week.
"They are extremely experienced on defense and extremely young on offense. They're playing with great effort, passion and intensity. You can sure see it on tape. It will be a real challenge for us."
A Day Off
McCarney said on Monday that he gave his team the day off on Sunday. Here's why:
"This is the toughest stretch of a schedule that we've had since I've been here. I'm seeing it and I'm feeling it. That's one of my jobs as a head coach, to read your team. I just felt like mentally they needed a break. They're off today. We'll see them again tomorrow and I think it was a great time to get these kids out of here and go rest, study, see your girlfriend if you're lucky enough to have one and see you on Tuesday," McCarney said.
Back to the Drawing Board???
A question was raised whether it's time to go back to the drawing board with this football team after a 0-4 conference start. McCarney said that wasn't the solution to the problem.
"It's impossible at this time of the year to go in and make major, drastic changes or adjustments. We want to be better, we want to improve," McCarney said. "It's not revamping the whole lineup or what we're doing, it's impossible to do that at this time of year. We're going out trying to make some minor adjustments and we'll evaluate like we always do personnel wise."
Where's the Juice???
"He's at number three. He's still practicing like crazy everyday but he's our number three. If the game dictates it, yes, we're not trying to hold him back for any reason. It's good to see Jason coming a lot and both he and Stevie will hopefully be healthy this week."
One Depth Chart Change
When the new depth chart came out today, there was only one major change. True freshman Drenard Williams is now listed as a starting cornerback over red-shirt freshman Steve Johnson, who has started the last few games.
"We're trying to find the right combination, he did some good things. He did give up the one touchdown at the end of the game and we didn't want to see that, but he did do some real positive things when he was in there," McCarney said about the move. "Whoever is on the field has got to play better than we did last week."