Monday Press Conference: Evans and Sorgi

Wisconsin receiver Lee Evans and quarterback Jim Sorgi spoke with the media Monday

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Jim and Lee, how do you temper your emotion for Senior Day? You were pretty excited Jim, especially for the Ohio State game, how do you tone yourself down especially for a big game like Senior Day?

Wisconsin wide receiver Lee Evans:

"I think you kind of have to enjoy the moment. It's a time to reflect and think about a lot of things but you still have a game to play. Senior day is always emotional. Years passed I've seen a lot of my friends come and go through the program, I've been emotional for them on those days. So I don't think it will be too much different for me. I'm going to enjoy the moment, enjoy the atmosphere. When kickoff comes then I'll be ready for the game.

Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi:

"For me it's just a time to get announced in front of the crowd for one last time, and meet your parents at midfield and shed a couple tears and just go on. It's the end of your stay here and you try to enjoy it to the fullest extent. Then, like Lee (Evans) said, you realize you've got a game to play and you've got a game to win. This game has a lot of implications on what happens post-season and I think that's our main focus.

Lee, can you talk about your legacy? A great year two years ago, obviously the two surgeries, to come back especially on the heels of your game this past weekend, the season you've had and what your legacy is here at Wisconsin?

Wisconsin wide receiver Lee Evans:

"It's always good to be recognized on a national level and certainly around this community. It's always good to leave here with your name etched in a record book. I mean records are meant to be broken, but for this time right now when I leave here, I have a number of records up there. My name will be throughout the program and a lot of things in Wisconsin sports history. It's definitely special. It's kind of hard to put everything into perspective right now at one moment. As time goes by, it depends how long things last and things like that. I think then it will really surface and show how long it can last."

Jim, after the game Saturday I think the quote from Lee said that when you're in a zone, you're in a zone talking about how well he played. Have you ever had two weeks like this when you were in high school where you've thrown the ball that well? And the second part of the question, what kind of problems will Iowa's defense present this week that maybe you guys haven't faced the last two weeks?

Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi:

"To start with the second part of the question, Iowa's defense is pretty good, especially to hold a Minnesota offense to 21 or 22 points and to force five turnovers. But I think we can be pretty successful if we keep doing what we haven't been doing which is turning the ball over. If we don't turn the ball over, and give ourselves opportunities to score every time we touch the ball I think we'll be pretty successful against the Iowa defense. The way I'm playing right now is just knowing my time is up. Like you said, next week is Senior Day and then a bowl game, my time is up. So I'm just going out there and I'm winging around, I'm having fun, I'm joking in the huddle, I'm giving the guys a smile. I don't think I smiled this much in a game in a long time and it's kind of a nice little turnover. That's basically what I'm just going to keep on doing. I'm going to enjoy practice, these last couple of weeks of practice have been fun and I'm just going to go out there and enjoy the game.

Lee, I was wondering what type of relationship you have with Al Toon and if you've talked with him much lately or if he's talked with you? If you had a chance to watch or get film of Toon in his days when he was doing really well and setting marks, many of which you've broken.

Wisconsin wide receiver Lee Evans:

"Well me and Al Toon finally did meet a couple of weeks ago. We sat down and had lunch and just talked about a lot of different things. Actually, we (the team) go to a movie before the games on Friday nights and he was at the movie theater. So after we left the movie, the movie he watched let out at the same time so we kind of bumped into each other right before the game and talked for a little bit. After the game he gave me a call and he asked me to save a couple of records for him so he could have, but that was in hindsight. Our relationship is very good. I enjoy talking to Al (Toon), he's a great guy and he's done so much for himself and for his family. He's one of those guys that my dad used to love watching, he used to say "Al Toon, that was my man. I love watching Al Toon play." That was kind of the feeling for a lot of people here and lot of people back home, just the respect that people have for him is incredible. "

Lee I don't mean to put you on the spot, but are there any career highlights that stand out from the rest? Then Jim, since you've kind of been on the front end of all those highlights, is there one that stands out in your mind?

Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi:

"Mine is pretty easy, I mean everybody knows mine. Everybody knows the first time I played this game and everybody knows the first touchdown pass that I threw to Lee (Evans), and how big it was for me and how it kind of set me off on a whirlwind these past three or four years. Mine was with the winning touchdown pass against Michigan State (in 2000). It doesn't really get any better than that for me. I've had a lot of interesting highlights over the years and usually Lee (Evans) is on the back end of all of them. For me that first one, and for me with him that's the one that sticks out and that will always stick out for me."

Wisconsin wide receiver Lee Evans:

"It's tough. There's so many plays that really stick out for different reasons. From the Michigan State game, the Minnesota catch was definitely special in my book, the Akron and Ohio State game this year, playing in the Rose Bowl. It's kind of hard to just pinpoint one because they all meant something different to me whether it was catching the first game-winning touchdown of my career. But even I can go back to my freshman year Ball State, catching my very first touchdown pass which was my very first pass. There's so many ones that have touched me in a different way. They're all really special and it's hard to just put one above another."
 


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