Hawks Talk: Ed Hinkel & Brian Ferentz

Ed Hinkel and Brian Ferentz

Ed Hinkel

Q: How much courage does it take to go across the middle?

-- It does not bother me. Once the ball is in the air it is just me and the ball - and you have to go and get it.

Q: Talk about winning another Big Ten road game:

--Yes, we are in a pretty good position. We are excited with the win today. We just have to take things one game at a time and it is now time to focus on Purdue for next week.

Q: Were both touchdowns the same play?

-- No, they just look similar. It is all just a lot of crossing routes. Coach O'Keefe did a great job of calling plays today. The line gave Drew enough time and he just put the ball where it needed to be.

Q: On recording 100 receiving yards for the first time in his Hawkeye career:

-- That is great but it does not really mean that much. The only thing that matters is the letter "W". At the end of my career I might look back on it, but not right now.

Q: Are you and Drew forming a good chemistry or just taking what the defense is showing you?

-- Basically, we are just running the routes and Drew hits the man who is allowed open by the defense. Whether it is me on Clinton, or Warren, or anyone else. Somebody is getting the job done every week and that is what, as a group, we want. I do feel really comfortable with Drew, there is no doubt about that. When he some time to throw, he will burn you. He is very accurate and dangerous with his throws.

Q: What do you think about your parents being interviewed on TV today? (laughing)

-- That is awesome. They put so many miles on their car driving to Iowa or wherever every week. Usually it is my aunt with them, and it is awesome having them at the game. They have not missed any of my games at Iowa yet, and drive to all of them. However, I think they are going to fly to Minneapolis in a couple weeks. It is really special to see them out there supporting me after every game, win or lose.

Brian Ferentz

Q: Can you talk about how the win affected the game today?

-- Really, the only time I even noticed it was during timeouts because it about blew me over. Other than that, I do not have to throw the ball...I do not have to kick it...I do not have to catch it...so really it does not bother me too much. As far as play calling, you do not really notice it play to play.

Q: How did you feel going into halftime?

-- We felt pretty good. It was a tie game, yes, but we felt like we were doing a lot of things correctly. We hurt ourselves with penalties on a couple of drives. We felt like we were executing our game plan pretty well. If we just kept plugging away it would open up for us because the defense was getting the job done for us. We knew they would get some turnovers and give us field position so we had to keep plugging.

Q: Can you speak to the love and support you have received from everyone in regards to your grandfather's passing?

-- It has been great, just great. I would first like to thank everyone for the cards and letters I have received. It makes you feel pretty good to be a part of the Hawkeye family. We in the state of Iowa are pretty close knit, and especially the Hawkeyes. To be a part of that is pretty special.

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