Hawks Talk: Tate & McCollom

A new era in Iowa quarterbacking began during Saturday's 39-7 season-opening route of Kent State. Drew Tate sparked the Hawkeyes in the opening half before suffering from dehydration and being replaced by backup Eric McCollom. Read what the signal callers thought about their performances in this HN.com premium Q&A.

DREW TATE:

Did you want to go back into the game when you came back out in the second half?

Yeah. I wanted to go back in. I don't know if the doctors would have let me. They said that it was pretty bad. That's all I know.

What can you do differently so this won't happen again?

I don't know. Doyle grabbed me and said that we're going to start something. It's the same thing that they did with Gallery. It's probably gatorlites and a bunch of salt stuff. We'll probably start on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Drew, I'm sure you wanted more reps.

Yeah. But I thought that I got some good experience. I saw some good things. I did want more reps, but stuff like that happens.

How did you feel like you played today?

I did some good things and one got away from me. The offensive line had one goal and it was to keep people off of me. They busted their butts and did a great job. I had a lot of time to throw. A lot of it went well. I was happy.

Did coach say anything to you about maybe sliding a little bit when you're running?

Yeah. But I'm just trying to get first downs. If I get hit, I get hit. I just want to get the first.

The pass that ended up being intercepted and returned. Do you want that back? Was it a bad throw? Should you have not thrown it?

I think it was a combination of not throwing it and a bad read. I thought they were doing something. I thought that they were going to play man. I though the corner out on the other receiver was just going to run with him and it would open up that under route. I guess he let the receiver go and came up and got it.

Yeah, if I could have it back, I'd want it back. Probably all I had to day was wait a split second and hit the slant behind it to Clint.

How much did that take out of you running after the corner?

I was trying to get him, but he got away from me. I'm going to learn from that. I'll watch a lot of tape so that doesn't happen again.

How did you feel from the first series on?

The first series, not just me, but everyone was a little antsy. After that, we came over the sideline. Everyone talked. We felt really good after that first series.

Do you not like Gatorade? Is that the deal?

I felt all right. I drank enough. That never happened to me before. That was pretty painful.

What was it like when it first hit you?

I was running down the steps after halftime, and I started getting it in my groin a little bit. I figured that it would probably go away. Then, once I got on the sideline, my quads locked up. So, Ray to stretch me out. Then, I got on the bike. Right when I got off of the bike, both of them locked up. I couldn't bend my knees.

What was last night like for you? Were you able to sleep at all?

Yeah. I roomed with Cy. I was like, "Cy, you know let's just like we're not playing tomorrow." We talked a lot and we kept our minds off of it except for in meetings. It really wasn't like waking up every five minutes or anything like that. We tried to make it real comfortable for each other.

What went right out there for you?

I got experience, finally. I saw a lot of good things. I messed up probably once or twice on the blitzes and stuff like that. At first, I probably could have ran a couple of those but I tried to just throw it and get it in someone else's hands.

You eluded to wanting to get first downs, but at some point don't you have to avoid the contact?

Yeah. Coach Ferentz said, "You know, you've got to get down because we want you to play a long time." I said, "Well, me too." I'm going to work on getting down when I need to. But sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do to get the first.

Did you run more than you thought that you might?

No. I figured that it was going to be about like that. The line did a great job. Some things just weren't there down field. I could just squeeze in and out of those guys.

How painful was after halftime for you physically?

Ah, it was pretty mad. That's never happened to me before. I've always started a game and finished a game starting as a freshman. That hurt pretty bad.

How big of a relief is it to get this first start out of the way?

When I was out there and I was going it didn't really seem much...it just didn't feel like I thought that it would. It was a good feeling. But I just thought that it was going to be just so much different. Right before the first play, I just told everyone to stay positive and keep their composure and let's just do our thing. Everyone did. There were a few times where someone would start saying (something negative) and everyone else would tell them to shut up. We really want a positive huddle and good things.

Did the dehydration affect you in any other ways besides your legs locking up?

No. I had cramps in my back. It was pretty bad.

What did they do for you? Did they give you IVs?

Yeah. They gave me like three bags of IV. I was trying to drink some stuff. There were two people in there trying to rub my legs out.

How long did the process take to get you out of pain?

I don't know how long it was, but it seemed real long.

How do you feel right now?

I'm all right. The legs are real weak. I'm just kind of walking along. I'm not really doing much.

Matt Melloy seems like a pretty good red zone target?

Things open up for him, I guess. He finds a way to get in.

Was he the first option on those plays?

Well, the first one was. The second one wasn't. It was just like a hook in the flat. The linebacker ran with the hook, and the corner came down with the hook. He was wide open.

ERIC McCOLLOM:

How many reps did you get this week?

I worked a lot with the twos this week with Jason being out. Practice went well. I got a lot more reps to feel more comfortable about the system.

Were there nerves initially today when you got out there?

Not really. I just went out there like it was another game, another practice. The offensive line did good. Everybody else did good. So, I felt real comfortable out there.

Did you get more comfortable as the game went on?

Yeah. That happens with everybody. As the game goes on, you get more comfortable. With the offensive line blocking good and our running backs running good, that made my job a lot easier.

Last year, you take one for the team and move to WR. How does it feel to be back at Qb and actually getting a chance to get out there and play?

It feels good because the quarterback has the ball in his hands very offensive play. That's what I want. I want to be in control. Last year, I just did that to help the team. Coach Ferentz asked me to help the team out. You do whatever to help the team.

You probably didn't get a ton of reps during camp being the third guy. How comfortable are you with the playbook?

From spring practice to camp, it was a big gap as far as knowing the system and knowing everything that's going on. I felt comfortable this spring. I didn't get a lot of reps. but I made the most of them. I feel comfortable right now.

Did you know Clinton caught that ball right when he did or did you have to wait for the roar of the crowd?

I had to wait a little bit. I saw it bouncing around a couple of times. Then, I heard the cheers, and I was like, "Yeah, he caught it." It was a great catch, and great blocking by the offensive line.


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