Ed Hinkel Q & A

"I think if we can do the little things right early in the season, it's definitely going to help us."

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Q: (How does Kirk Ferentz's attitude affect the team?) He's never too high, he's never too low, he's just even keel all the way through.

Ed Hinkel: I think it helps keep the team the same way. We don't want to get too high after a win or too low after a loss. We just want to stay calm, kind of like he does, model after him.

Q: What has (Tony) Moeaki shown you in camp?

Hinkel: Tony's done a great job, he's really impressed everybody. His ability to catch the ball is what's impressed me. He's really carried himself almost like a veteran guy.

Q: Coming in as an 18 year old, he's 6'4", 250lbs, that's what Dallas (Clark) was when he left.

Hinkel: Yeah, he's a big kid. I'm not sure if they're planning on playing him or what this year, but he's going to be a pretty good player.

Q: At this point, what do you guys have to get cleaned up in the next three or four days?

Hinkel: I think just fundamentals, little things, focusing on not having any penalties. Just little things that are going to hold us back. I think if we can do the little things right early in the season, it's definitely going to help us.

Q: Has that been a problem in the last couple weeks, penalties, turnovers?

Hinkel: I don't think there's been a huge problem with it in practice so far. We're going to find out when we get out there Saturday, but hopefully we can stay away from that stuff.

Q: Aside from the win itself, what do you want to get out of an opening game?

Hinkel: I don't know, I think it's just going out and everybody kind of getting on the same page and finding out where guys are and just going out and improving.


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