Hawks Talk Spring Football: Drew Tate

In his first 'public' press 'event' since he went down in Iowa history with his game winning pass to Warren Holloway in the 2005 Cap One Bowl, Iowa quarterback Drew Tate talked about what he has seen thus far in spring drills, the expectations on this year's team, how things have been different for him since 'the play' and much, much more...

Q: How's the spring gone for you so far, practice wise?

Drew Tate: It's going alright, we've got a long way to go. We've still got to get a lot better on offense I think. Our defense is doing a pretty good job, a lot of new guys up front. I think our (offensive) linemen are doing a lot better job of run blocking and stuff. As a unit I just think we just look to be a lot better.

Q: What has changed since that pass of yours? I know that brought a lot of national recognition to you as well as the Iowa program, what's been different in your life after that game?

Tate: Not much really, I'm still the same person, everyone knows that. People keep it a lot longer than we do as players, I think. It was fun for the rest of the break at school, but when we got back and started working out, everything started changing, it all got back to normal.

Q: What about the high expectations around this program now? Do you guys feel a sense of pressure?

Tate: I don't think so, all the people that predict us to do all this stuff, they're not here. We've got a lot of problems of our own right now that we have to take care of. We know that we have a long way to from here to September.

Q: What do you have to work on?

Tate: Everything, fundamentals, seeing things, defenses, try to pick up blitzes and changing protections and things.

Q: How much potential does this team have if you get as good as you can be?

Tate: I don't know, that's hard to say. We've got some guys back on offense, but we've also got some new guys. It basically comes down to fundamentals, concentration, turning the ball over.

Q: Has your life changed since the bowl game?

Tate: Yeah, it did afterwards. I really don't try and do as much as I used to. I hadn't really thought about it, I just kind of stay away.

Q: Do people recognize you?

Tate: Yeah, sometimes.

Q: Is there a disguise you wear?

Tate: Yeah, sometimes. (laughs) A hoodie, pull a hoodie over with some glasses or something. When I'm just wanting to be me and not hear about football or anything like that, then yeah, I do. If I don't mind talking about it, I'll just go out, whatever.

Q: Is that the only way it's changed?

Tate: Yeah. Then there's everybody you know wants to be your buddy and everything, you know how that stuff is. For Warren too, he's just got to be very humble with it, and I"m sure he is. Unless he goes to the NFL or something like that, but I've got spring to worry about now.

Q: Instead of Iowa being thought of as 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, there's a lot of expectations nationally, is that different?

Tate: I don't think our guys have really thought about it. We've had a lot of stuff to deal with on the field and our problems that we had. I'm sure they know about it, but I don't think they're caught up with it, which I think is the best thing for us right now.

Q: Do you kind of get excited when you look at all the guys that were hurt last year that will be back in August, you might have a little help back there?

Tate: Yeah, I mean injuries, that stuff happens, but it was a little...abnormal I'd say last year. As long as we can get as many guys as we can to help us win, that's what it's all about.

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