Tate Expects Crazy Kinnick Environment

Drew Tate believes that Saturday in Kinnick should be another special environment

Q: What do you think about Michigan?

Drew Tate: They were pretty good last year. They went to the Rose Bowl, so they had a good team last year and they still have one this year. I think people just prepare for them better this year.

Q: All of their games have gone down to the wire, is this Hawkeye team prepared to play that long?

Tate: Yeah. Our coaches do a good job of preparing us to play a full 60 and then some if we need to. I think our fans will be there ready to go

Q: Have you practiced overtime situations?

Tate: We have not practiced them, but if we need to play them we will be fine.

Q: What is your one memory of the Michigan game last year? When your helmet came off?

Tate: No, not really. Just that it was a close game then all of the sudden we had a bunch of turnovers and the game turned around.

Q: Have you heard about Iowa-Michigan 1985?

Tate: I have heard about it. I heard that the guy kicked the field goal to win it. I have not seen it. I think I saw parts of it. The place went crazy.

Q: Do you expect it to be crazy on Saturday?

Tate: Yeah, I think so. It will be like it is every Saturday, maybe more now that this black thing is in. Our fans will be there and ready to go.

Q: Is Michigan playing the same defense as last year?

Tate: I don't know. They are not the same as they were a year ago. They have different players and schemes now.

Q: Do players look forward to the bye week? Do you?

Tate: Yeah. I am. I think it will be a good time for us to slow down and relax a little bit. Then we have to get ready for the final three.

Q: How do you relax?

Tate: We won't prepare for a whole week for an opponent. We will get in and out a lot earlier and faster. We will have the weekend to relax. Everyone likes bye weeks.

Q: Will you watch football?

Tate: Yeah. Probably with everyone else.

Q: Will you watch Big Ten games or whatever?

Tate: Whatever is on.

Q: Just as a fan?

Tate: Yeah, just as a fan.

Q: What do you think about the Texas-Texas Tech game?

Tate: I don't know where is it at? It depends on which team shows up for both of them. I will watch that if I can.

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