Cyclone press day news and notes

Good news and bad news on the injury front. Receiver Sedrick Johnson was set to practice Monday and his tender ankle is expected to be healthy enough to play Saturday against Iowa.

Meanwhile, receiver Houston Jones isn’t likely to be in uniform. Jones was in a walking boot and crutches last Thursday for ISU’s season opener and his injured ankle probably will be too sore to play, Coach Paul Rhoads said.

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The Cyclones’ leading returning receiver from a year ago, sophomore Darius Darks, was in the lineup last week against North Dakota State but did not have a pass thrown his way.

Darks is recovering from a hamstring injury that limited his practice time preparing for the season.

“DD had a rough camp,” said his quarterback Austen Arnaud. “He’s almost 100 percent healthy. DD is going to help this team. He’s a great player. Before you know it he’s going to be 100 percent out there .”

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 The only changes on ISU’s depth chart from week one to week two came as a result of the academic issues of receiver Jason Carlson and offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks. The NCAA declared both players ineligible this season.

Both were backups.

Hicks’ replacement at left guard is true freshman Ethan Tuftee.

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He hasn’t checked them yet this week, but Rhoads is expecting the headsets to be working Saturday.

ISU went almost the entire first half against North Dakota State communicating from the press box to the sideline via cell phone. Hopefully that won’t be an issue. If it is, coaches will use walkie talkies or smoke signals or something.  

“We’ll have a different plan other than cell phones,” Rhoads said. “We won’t miss a beat, I promise you. We’ll be able to communicate in some form or fashion.”

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People kept telling Tom Herman he wouldn’t believe it till he saw it. After the first-year graduate assistant at Texas witnessed his first Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl, he couldn’t agree more. 

ISU’s offensive coordinator has that in mind this week for the state of Iowa’s most anticipated sporting event of the year. 

“Until you are there living it, you really can’t grasp it fully,” Herman said. ” I’m sure that’ll be the case on Saturday. I’m excited for it.”

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