Tate Ready to Move On Into 2005

One thing is for certain; Drew Tate and his teammates are sick and tired of talking about last season and the expectations for this season. In our Q & A transcript with Tate, you will see what we mean. The Texan is all business, and his eyes are set on the 2005 season

Q: (On his reaction after the firing of R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M)

Drew Tate: I didn't know. I wasn't sure at the time. I was also 17 or 18, so I didn't know anything really. I didn't know, at all.

Q: Did you have a second choice at that point, or did you kind of start over?

Tate: I kind of started over. A lot of the people that talked to me said they already had their quarterbacks, but if something happened they'd give me a holler.

Q: Was Iowa on the radar screen before that?

Tate: I think so, because he got fired in December, and I started getting mail from Iowa in November. So just a little bit. Coach Jackson is familiar with the area, probably have some friends in the area, he probably has some friends down there. Maybe they said, "Coach Slocum's on the hot seat" so he knew about me, so he was like, "Well, maybe we can give it a shot or something." I don't know.

Q: Was your dad's familiarity with this area of the state helpful at all?

Tate: He said Iowa's got great people, they'll show up every Saturday to watch y'all play, and it's a great place but he told me to go where I wanted to go.

Q: Did that help you with even considering it, thinking about it?

Tate: Him being from here? No, not at all. When I came up here, I really liked it, liked the college town, the big ten. Iowa was getting better, I knew I had a chance to play early.

Q: How many visits did you take after the Texas A&M thing?

Tate: (Pause) Three, four maybe?

Q: Then when you got here, you knew?

Tate: When I left here, I told myself I really liked it. Then when I went home and got done with all my visits and my dad said, "Where do you want to go?", I said, "I don't know", he goes "If you had to choose right now, where would you go?" I said "Iowa" he goes "Alright".

Q: Your gut instinct was the best one?

Tate: Apparently.

Q: How much do you remember about the last play of the season, and is it hard not to dwell on it?

Tate: Well, I know it. I threw him the ball, so... We dealt with that for the rest of the time off. When we got back in January and started working out, everything kind of went away, we started concentrating on this season. To tell you the truth, I don't think about it at all right now, and I haven't thought about it in probably a long time.

Q: Do you ever just lay in bed and think, "Wow"?

Tate: I really don't.

Q: I would.

Tate: (Long pause)

Q: Your expectations this year, as high as everybody else's?

Tate: I don't have any expectations, at all. I'm just going to go out there and do what I can do to help the team win.

Q: The injuries to the running backs obviously put a lot of pressure on you. If this offense gets back to being more balanced, how is that going to help you and how is it going to help this football team out?

Tate: I think it's going to help out the team, it's going to give us the chance to win ballgames. It's going to help the offense out by opening up more things probably in play action, and spreading the defense out. You can do a lot more things when you're two dimensional than when you're one dimensional.

Q: No expectations, do those include yourself, no raised expectations for yourself?

Tate: I'm just going do whatever I can to help this team win. I think everyone else is going to say the same thing. Brian's going to say the same thing, Clinton, Ed, everybody. They're going to take care of their job and they're going to help each other out.

Q: You said you don't read the paper, many media outlets have been listing you as a top quarterback in the nation, does that put any pressure for you?

Tate: (Drew shakes his head, no verbal response)


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