MN Week Q&A: Jake Christensen

When Jake Christensen spoke with the Iowa media this week, many of the questions centered around the sophomore's mental toughness, in how he can flush some errant throws and come right back and deliver has he did in the last three quarters against Northwestern and in overtime against Michigan State.

Q: Coach Ferentz has talked about your ability to flush bad plays and move on. Was Saturday the ultimate example?

Jake Christensen: Yeah. It's tough to not be able to get over a big mistake once in a while. But you can't go with a negative attitude or think about things in the past, as that will make you indecisive or gun shy. You can't let it affect you.

Q: What does it take to move on?

Christensen: I don't know. You have to do your best to forget. Short term memory is something that is talked about a lot with football players, especially quarterbacks. It's something you work on, and I will continue to do that.

Q: Is football built for that? You get 30 seconds and you are back in the saddle.

Christensen: Football and baseball probably. Baseball is the same way, you can strike out three times and have a huge at bat the fourth time up. In football, you make mistakes early and you are lucky to be in the game and you have to come back to make the play.

Q: Have their been certain places you go in your mind?

Christensen: You get angry a little bit. I don't know if that helps or hurts. You get frustaated, but you make up your mind and that is what I need to do when the game starts, just make my mind up that I have to make the plays and there is no choice.

Q: After the miss to Busch, you went to Coach Ferentz and said something…

Christensen: I just told him that I am not going to make mistakes the rest of the game and that I was going to make the plays for us. I might have apologized; I don't know what I said. It was my fault.

Q: One of your teammates said that there was a point in the game where you said something in the huddle that it was time to move, time to get going…

Christensen: That was the next possession. You have to let them know that you have not lost confidence.

Q: Is it embarrassment, frustration, when you miss a short throw like that, like missing a layup?

Christensen: Probably the same way. Embarrassed and frustrated, both of those things. You have to move on and I think those emotions can be a good motivator.

Q: As satisfying as the win was, was it good to have that good individual performance to prove something to yourself?

Christensen: I don't know. I don't feel like I have to prove anything to myself. I know what I am capable of when I am playing at a high level. That is something that we are all trying to do. I think the second half showed glimpses of what we are capable of.

Q: You put a lot of velocity on the ball. Have the coaches said anything about that?

Christensen: No. Certain throws call for a certain amount of velocity. In the game sometimes, I might be a little juiced up. For the most part I try and do it on a throw by throw basis.

Q: You hear stories about Bret Favre breaking receivers fingers. Have you ever hurt a receiver?

Christensen: My receivers in high broke quite a few fingers. I think all the receivers in college have had their fingers broken, it comes with the territory.

Q: Talk about the few turnovers and how this offense is doing with that. You are on pace to set a school record for fewest turnovers (15 is the record, Iowa has nine this year)

Christensen: We have been trying to do that all year, coming into this year we wanted to eliminate turnovers. Coach has made it very clear to us. I think it helps to talk about it and it's always on your mind.

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