Media Day: Drew Tate

Drew Tate spoke with the media on Monday about pressure to perform, how to handle doubters along the way, his expectations for the season, and more. Read what he had to say in this premium transcript.

Q: What do you think you can improve upon?

Drew Tate: Like, playing?

Q: Yeah. Playing, off the field, whatever.

Tate: I would say handling all the things off the field, dealing with y'all. And playing, my game got better my junior year from my sophomore year, I got a lot better, wasn't even a question.

Q: What's your goal?

Tate: To keep going up.

Q: All your numbers got better, but you didn't get the same honors, all a reflection of win-loss you think?

Tate: (Nods)

Q: Is that something you recognize going into this year too?

Tate: Oh, yeah. I was in Chicago and everyone kept asking me that, I said, 'Look at the Heisman, the last 3 years, all the guys up there, their team has been undefeated.' So it goes along with that.

Q: You and Albert both coming back now, obviously you 3 years, this'll be his second. What's the difference between the two of you as a personality?

Tate: He has fun with a lot of things, I'm just kind of quiet.

Q: When you're out there together, describe your guys' ability to work together.

Tate: It's the same when we're out there playing, we're working together, we're trying to accomplish something.

Q: Can you go anywhere in Iowa City anymore and not get recognize?

Tate: Sure, I don't know.

Q: Do you get recognized a lot of places?

Tate: I don't know. Some people come up, some people don't.

Q: Is that something that you like?

Tate: I don't care. It's alright. It's fun meeting new people. Not a big deal.

Q: Are you superstitious?

Tate: Nah.

Q: On the day of a game, what's your routine, normally?

Tate: Get off the bus, walk to the locker room, change, talk to guys, get dressed, go out on the field. No special socks or anything like that.

Q: Do you have a best friend, a best group of guys on the team? A guy when you're having a bad day on the field can come up and talk to you?

Tate: Anybody, it doesn't matter. I'm friends with everybody. I don't have a best friend. I've got some close friends, but everyone's the same.

Q: Growing up a lot of people were quick to place limits on you, put you in a box, do you feel like at this point you've proved all the doubters wrong, or still people you see today trying to put limits on you?

Tate: That's with everybody, I think. Everybody that's grown up, people have always said, 'You can't do this, you can't do that.' Either they're jealous or don't know what they're talking about, pretty much. After hearing it so much you just kind of block it away. 'Well, who are you, what are you doing?'

Q: What are your expectations for this team?

Tate: I don't know. To win? That's it. Flat out win.

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