Drew Tate: I feel great. Thanks for asking (laughs).
Q: Did you see things on the sideline that you can't see in the game that helped Jason out?
Tate: I don't think so. You get a better angle under center than you do on the side. You have more in front of you. What I did was try to help him out, maybe see things. I knew what the play was and I knew what he was looking at and looking at the backside.
Q: Will you be ready to go Saturday?
Tate: I hope so.
Q: How does this injury affect you?
Tate: I think it affects the throwing. You want to throw; it doesn't bother me when I run or anything like that. That is how it's been.
Q: Do certain throws hurt more, certain patterns?
Tate: All throws.
Q: When did you hurt it?
Tate: August 18th.
Q: You said after the Montana game that you felt good. When did that change?
Tate: That night, it started to hurt more.
Q: So are you day to day this week?
Tate: I don't know, I have not thrown since Wednesday. I didn't throw Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Coach Ferentz told me not to throw the ball until Tuesday. He said when we went out to stretch, go stand with the kickers.
Q: How close to 100% are you?
Tate: I don't know, I have not done anything. I am still going through treatments and things like that, and it's been fine so far.
Q: How did you injure yourself?
Tate: No idea, just throwing.
Q: How are they treating it?
Tate: I don't know. It's a great question. They have me doing things, working the muscles around it I guess. I don't know how. I am sure they know what they are doing, but it seems goofy to me. Everything I do it seems fine. When I did throw, it bothered me.
Q: Could you have played last week?
Tate: I felt good on Saturday, because I had not thrown in two days and the game was in the afternoon. It felt good, but it didn't matter what I said. It's not my decision. If it were up to me, I would have played on Saturday
Q: How tough was it to sit?
Tate: Probably the worst thing I have been through as an athlete. I played 48 straight in high school on varsity. I never missed a practice until last year on the Tuesday of the UNI game when I had the concussion. I had a thigh bruise against Northwestern, so I missed the next Tuesday. That is the only time I have ever missed anything that was scheduled.
Q: You talked about getting into coach. But was it frustrating watching a game on the sidelines?
Tate: It was very frustrating, from a lot of ways. I will just leave it at that.
Q: How much practice will you need to be ready this week?
Tate: I don't know, I am not an MD. They will tell me what to do and I will just do it. What he said was that he was thinking long term effect and I needed rest. If I played last week, it might be week to week and I might not have been able to recover. Whether we were playing Nichols State or whomever, I want to play. The good thing is that this is the biggest game so far this year, and it means a lot to a lot of people in the state and to me as well. I played against them my sophomore year, and last year I got knocked out. Last year they beat us every way you can beat a football team, they did a great job. This is a huge game for both teams. We really made steps in practice from two weeks to last week. We are getting better.
Q: Did playing against Montana set you back?
Tate: I don't know. I think that we were not moving forward each week from the injury. We were making steps and going back. I needed to sit so I could keep going up the ladder and not go down. I don't know what is going on.
Q: How hard did you lobby to get in last week?
Tate: It didn't matter what I said. That was pretty clear, pretty quick.
Q: Is this a game that everyone gets fired up for?
Tate: I am sure. I think on their side, the two years I have been involved they have played extremely good. I have great respect for Coach McCarney and what they do. They have kids from Texas and ISU has a name down there. I saw coach McCarney at a camp this summer and talked to him for a while. He is a great motivator and a great coach and has done well with that program. Those kids play hard for him, especially in this game
Q: Are there any certain hoops that you have to jump through this week to play?
Tate: I don't think so. I will throw today, I don't know. I will start out slow and gradually go as the week goes on. I know our offense and game plan, I knew it last week. I have to execute and be the best I can. I want to be smart about it, too. I don't want to hurt each week. This is my senior year and I think we have a great shot to win the Big Ten this year, and we are trying to be smart about it.
Q: You are so competitive, so is it hard to listen to your body?
Tate: Yeah. If it were up to me Saturday, yeah I want to play. I would have got shot again and been sore again. The smart thing was not to play and rest and move forward.
Q: Have you ever had an injury before that you played through that was more painful than this?
Tate: No. Not at all.