Hawks Talk: Drew Tate & Ed Hinkel

Ed Hinkel will be full ahead go at practice this week & Tate sees Camp Randall the same as the rest

Q: Drew, has this season been a disappointment?

Drew Tate: I don't think so.

Q: How disappointing have the last two weeks been?

Tate: They have been hard to deal with. We have had both teams all the way to the fourth quarter then we just lost it. That is how it goes. The ball doesn't bounce our way all the time.

Q: When the team wins, no one questions anything, but when you lose, every little thing gets brought to light and over analyzes things like final drives, personal fouls. Is that the way it is in sports?

Tate: I think so. I think it's how you were blowing the things to the seniors saying it's their fault. You put the pressure on them in the media. It's not the seniors fault, it's not anyone's fault. It's the way we are playing now.

Q: What do you do to come back from these losses?

Tate: Just keep doing what we have been doing. We practiced well and played well and then we just lost it at the end the last two games. We just have to keep playing a full 60.

Q: Do you think how close this team is to 7-2, just a matter of a few plays?

Tate: We could be 8-1, we could be 7-2, but the reality is 5-4 and we have two more games to go.

Q: What do you expect the atmosphere to be like at Wisconsin?

Tate: I am sure it will be big. It's senior day and they have not beaten us since 2001. It will be the same as Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa State. It's all the same

Q: Are you 100 percent physically?

Tate: I am going to play. I will be fine.

Ed Hinkel

Q: Ed, what are you looking for this week in practice?

Ed Hinkel: Just pretty much everything, getting back into the rhythm of going through a week of preparation for a game and getting back into the flow of things.

Q: How hard has it been to watch these last two weeks and not being able to do anything about it?

Hinkel: It has been hard. I have done everything I could with helping the guys on the sidelines, talking to guys in the film room and stuff like that. But it is hard being on the sideline watching it.

Q: Was last week's game more frustrating when you had gone through warm-ups?

Hinkel: It was hard, but it wasn't any more frustrating than Michigan. I knew at that point that I was not ready to play. This week I am feeling like I am ready to go.

Q: Are you disappointed in this season?

Hinkel: I don't know. I don't think at this point, we are not looking to evaluate ourselves yet. We will do that at the end of the year and see where we are at. We have to move forward and get back to having a good week of practice and preparation.

Q: Does a lot of responsibility fall on the seniors this week to pull the team up emotionally?

Hinkel: I think that all of the leaders on the team have to step up and just get us back focused and get everyone moving on and worrying about Wisconsin.

Q: Talk about how tough it will be at Wisconsin.

Hinkel: It will be tough. I am sure it will be a great atmosphere with Coach Alvarez's last game at Camp Randall. We are looking forward to going up there; it will be a good challenge for us.

Q: How does your arm feel? Are you ready to go?

Hinkel: I am confident that I will be ready. I caught a lot of balls during practice on the side last week with the trainers. It felt really good in pregame on Saturday. I am looking forward to a good week of practice this week.

Q: Coach Ferentz said that they will test you out today; what do you do to prove to everyone that you can play?

Hinkel: Just do everything I can to catch everything thrown at me. Just be flying around, bring some energy out there to practice and help things get going. Those are things that I need to do.

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