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    Saturday Practice

    Had a chance to watch today's scrimmage as part of the large contigent of HS coaches there for the ISU clinic. The nice weather meant the guys were able to be outside for what I believe was meant to be around 100 plays.
    Offense started off huge out of the gate with a long pass to Summrall, followed by a long run by Robinson if memory serves me correctly. I believe the Offense scored on their first 3 possessions and it was fun to see some different "wrinkles" being worked on that will be hopefully utilized come fall.
    Defense came up strong in the end and won the practice 43-40.
    Kicking is very much still a struggle and I don't know even the name of the guy kicking.
    Offensive line opened up some massive holes, and I don't think we could go wrong with any of the 3 RB's.
    Williams got a couple looks, but obviously not as many since he will have a whole other Spring before he worries about seeing the field.
    We will be fine with Bates or Arnaud. Arnaud is better right now, and you would never know that Bates is pushing him for a position by the way he is helping him out.
    Kelechi Osemele will probably kill someone this fall. The guy is a beast.
    I am going to take my daughter to the park right now, but I will be back this afternoon and be around this evening as well to answer questions, but I'm not going to get into specifics as far as individual plays and sets.
    IsuFan22, Wesley_W, and Besserheimerphat were in attendance as well so I'm sure we'll see them chime in later.


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    Re: Saturday Practice

    Wonder if the O-Line was dominant because of improvement or a downgrade in what we have on the D-Line.

    What was your take on the DL and DE?



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    And...the no huddle was used a ton. Get to the line look to the sidelines for the call and then run the play. Similar to what other college teams have done.

    I'm rather excited to see that in action this fall. :)



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    Can we just skip summer and go straight to fall?

    Some kind of reverse-hibernation?



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    Can we just skip summer and go straight to fall?

    Some kind of reverse-hibernation?
    Wes, wart and I were discussing ways to do this. We hope to have something in a test stage soon.

    I really do think we aught to be able to run the ball well on people this year. Not lights out, but much better than we have for a while now. IMO each of our top 3 backs (A-Rob, Scales, Bass) could start and I wouldn't take issue with any of 'em getting the nod. We shouldn't ever have to worry about a back getting tired this year - that's for sure.

    Our line certainly passes the eye test and I like the improvements they've made. McFarland was really on them late in the scrimmage - as they started strong but slipped a bit as the scrimmage went on.



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Wonder if the O-Line was dominant because of improvement or a downgrade in what we have on the D-Line.

    What was your take on the DL and DE?
    I seem to recall someone saying two of the better O-linemen on the team last year were redshirted, and they're both starting now.



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    And...the no huddle was used a ton. Get to the line look to the sidelines for the call and then run the play. Similar to what other college teams have done.

    I'm rather excited to see that in action this fall. :)
    glad to hear this; i really like these sets.



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    Parker was working out with the "walking wounded" today. Judging by what he was doing, I can't imagine he was too injured. There was another obvious DL working with them too so that may have had something to do with the OL looking above average.
    Besides the long pass at the beginning, I thought the secondary looked much improved, including a pass break up the very end on 3rd and 9 to seal the win for the defense, and an earlier interception in the red zone returned for a TD.


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    Re: Saturday Practice

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    Kicking is very much still a struggle and I don't know even the name of the guy kicking.
    Today's DM Register had very short blurb about special teams. Both Guyer and Mahoney who seem to be in line to take over the kicking duties will not be at practice until Fall. Makes it hard to practice special teams when they are not there. Hopefully the kicking will look better once they arrive.



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    I spent most of the camp glued to McFarland. The o-line is improved. Kelechi are Baysinger are Men among men as redshirt and true freshmen respectively. Watching them run drills in tees/shorts against pads on Friday night, they have very quick hands and feet. Very athletic and able to move very well. I really didn't think that either one of them looked to be as heavy as they are listed - there is a TON of room to add muscle to their frames without sacrificing mobility in my opinion. Running backs rarely went for negative yardage during the scrimmage. Scales, Robinson and Bass all looked good. Scales busted a long TD from between the gaurds, Robinson busted one around the right end I believe as well. Bass never broke a long TD, but had a lot of rushes go for 5 - 15 yards a piece. Our receivers dropped some balls that should have been caught. Both QB's looked capable today. Bates had Franklin open deep on two consecutive plays, but the wind carried the ball just outside his reach. Franklin is VERY thin. Oh-my-gosh-who-is-that-junior-high-kid skinny. He is going to have to be tough and add some bulk to survive in the BigXII I think. But he runs like the wind. Messiah had a nice catch in traffic today as well.

    The defense came on after a few series as was mentioned - they recovered two fumbles, got some 3-and-Outs and had one interception that I remembered. Regarding the D-line, Coach Pelton has tried to really simplify things for those guys to allow them to just play. I think they are still thinking too much and aren't totally comfortable yet. Kurtis Taylor made some big stops from the end.

    Both sides were very competitive. They were doing a lot of talking. Everybody wants to win. I happened to be walking next to Taylor after practice and we talked just a little bit. I said that I can't wait for August, and he agreed. Then he looked me square in the eye and said, "Actually, I can't wait for January." Good stuff.



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    First off, it was a lot of fun hanging out with you guys at the scrimmage. I love football but you three know a lot more about it than me so it was fun listening to you guys and learning some stuff.

    Just a couple things I came away with.
    1. Our offensive linemen are noticeably shaped differently. I didn't see any bellies on these guys. They must have really worked hard in the off season!!

    2. I enjoyed watching McFarland interact with his players. From what I can tell, he seems to be the most vocal of the coaches. Mistakes are not tolerated. I believe the players, while they are working hard, are having fun and like this coaching staff.

    3. I mentioned this to 22 when we were there but the practices seem to me to be more spirited and fast paced than before.


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    Re: Saturday Practice

    I would be on board with a system where we go with runningback by committee with Robinson as option 1A. I still think he has the most natural talent of the three, but all can offer us something. We should use the situation of having 3 RB to our advantage.

    Also, I think we'll see that throwing Singleton, Bell and especially McDowell into the fire last year will really benefit us in the secondary. We've got a ton of playmaking ability at cornerback.



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    Could anybody give an update on what the lineup looked like, particularly the o-line? Sounded like they looked good which is always a positive!



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    Re: Saturday Practice

    Agreed clonez - does it look like any of the RS guys will compete for a starting job? Now that they moved Lamaak I have to believe Baysinger is just about a sure thing for the RT spot.




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