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Sounds like Bass is doing a lot of damage for a 3rd string running back.
AMES, Iowa -- Saying everyone was in the mix and that no one is safe as a No. 1 or No. 2 in the two deep, Iowa State head football coach Gene Chizik worked his Cyclone football team overtime in Wednesday's scrimmage, literally. Chizik said it was a productive practice with officials present to work as the Cyclones ran through some overtime scenarios.
“(Overtime) is something that doesn’t come up often but you want your team to have a comfort level with it going into the extra period,” Chizik said. “Right now everyone is still both a No. 1 and a No. 2. We are running guys in and out to judge them in certain situations. Ultimately, you really don’t know what you have until game day. You may find out you’re unproductive with your starter because he isn’t as good in game situations.”
Chizik hinted that veteran tailback Jason Scales is the leader at that position after three scrimmages.
“If I had to make a decision today, Jason would be our starter in part because of his experience,” Chizik said. “But I don’t have to make that decision today.”
Chizik said the team has not yet started specific preparations for the 7 p.m. Aug. 30 season opener against Kent State in Ames.
“We are not at that point yet,” Chizik said. “We have got a long way to go. I like the effort but we are still worried about how we are doing the things we need to learn and do. Our focus is inward.”
Iowa State defensive tackle Bryce Braaksma said nothing is set.
“The coaches are not going to make any final decisions this week,” Braaksma said. “We have a lot of competition and need to get guys ready to step up if somebody goes down.”
Braaksma said offensive coordinator Robert McFarland is keeping the defense on its toes.
“(McFarland) has a big playbook and we saw it all today, with deep passes, screens and reverses,” Braaksma said. “He really mixes it up.”
Wide receiver R. J. Sumrall said no one is safe.
“It’s kind of fun, proving yourself all over again, to your teammates, your coaches and then the fans and opponents,” Sumrall said. “The competition is strong. Everybody is trying to get on the field and no one knows what will happen. On offense today, we did everything, whatever the defense would give us."
The Cyclones will practice twice on Thursday.
On the first series for the first-team offense, QB Bret Meyer connected with WR Todd Blythe for an 18-yard gain and RB Jason Harris carried the ball twice for 17 yards.
On the second-team offense’s first possession, RB J.J. Bass carried the ball five times for 45 yards and caught one pass for 20 yards before scoring a TD on a tough five-yard run.
On the first-team defense’s second possession, LB Alvin Bowen made a tackle for a loss and LB Jon Banks recovered a fumble. DE Chase Hurtig also recovered a fumble later on in the scrimmage.
On the first-team offense’s third possession, Bass scored his second TD of the scrimmage on a 28-yard run.
In other action, QB Philip Bates carried the ball five times for 27 yards on an offensive possession.
Coach Chizik simulated two overtime sessions, sending captains out to copy game-like overtime situations.
Meyer hit TE Ben Barkema for a 12-yard gain and Bass carried the ball one time for five yards before K Bret Culbertson drilled a 31-yard field goal.
On the ensuing possession, Harris carried the ball twice for 13 yards, WR Milan Moses caught a 10-yard pass before K Josh Griebahn evened the score with a 29-yard field goal.
WR Euseph Messiah made a leaping catch in the next possession to put the offense inside the 10, before Bass scored on a one-yard plunge. Bass then broke three tackles to score on a nifty two-point conversion run.
RB Rickey Thompson scored on a five-yard run, but the defense stopped the ensuing two-point conversion.