Tate Talks Injury, Iowa State

Drew Tate had to watch a game from the sidelines last week for the first time in his active career. He played 48 straight varsity games in high school and started every game of his Iowa career after establishing himself as the number one. Tate talks about that, his injury and the frustration of not being on the field in this transcript.

Q: How do you feel?

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.

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