Q: Could a win against Illinois turn this team's emotions around?
Drew Tate: It could. I think last year when we beat Michigan State here after Michigan, that turned things around. So I think it might just take one game to get everyone going. Hopefully it will and hopefully we win the game.
Q: What did coach Ferentz say to you after Saturday?
Tate: We didn't talk on Saturday. It wasn't that we didn't want to, we just got on the plane and I did not sit by him and I left when I got off the bus. We talked yesterday. We talked a lot about everything. Dealing with the program, what I can control, things like that.
Q: Is it done and over with, what happened Saturday?
Tate: We are moving on, we have another game.
Q: Coach Ferentz doesn't run too far with either end of emotions
Tate: I don't think that he can afford to, given his status. Things happen and you have to move on. That is what makes him a successful coach.
Q: Have any teammates talk with you about spiking ball?
Q: Talk a little bit about the offensive; do you shrink the playbook?
Tate: I don't know, but that is what we did last year. Our playbook got a lot smaller, we started to worry about the things that we could control and be great at the things we could do.
Q: How much did playbook expand this year?
Tate: Not much, really. I might be talking crazy, but I just think that we need to be great at the things we can be. That includes me. It starts with me, as I have the ball every snap.
Q: Does it have a lot to do with teams you are playing?
Tate: It's like it was last year, Michigan State. We had a really good practice week, we got back to Kinnick and had the off week, we caught Ohio State on a down spin. We got lucky in that aspect. If we win Saturday, it might spark something and it might not. I just want to worry about winning right now.
Q: How big is the winning streak at home for you guys?
Tate: I don't know. It may be to some people. I was not here in the 20's or here in 2002, I didn't play much in 2003. I just started playing last year. It's big to me knowing that every time we go into Kinnick, we have the edge.
Q: What do you need Saturday to feel good?
Tate: Just win and play well in all areas.
Q: That simple?
Tate: Yeah, it's pretty simple, but it's hard to do sometime?
Q: Do you feel a bandwagon effect going on? Fans, media students, everyone loved you before the year, but now there is criticism?
Tate: Yup. I hear there are problems here or there, then let's just start winning and there will not be problems. Its how it is and how people are.
Q: Fans perceptions can be based on what they see on TV, which can be different off field. Do fans perceptions of you guys bother you?
Tate: Not really, because they are not playing. I don't really care. They buy the tickets, and they can do what they want. The only people I worry about are my teammates, that is all I need to worry about.