Tate Stands on Top

Aug. 22, 2004

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There were plenty of questions and plenty of answers after Saturday’s scrimmage of the nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, but one of the most straightfoward was who will be the signalcaller when Coach Kirk Ferentz’s squad takes to the field of historic Kinnick Stadium Sept. 4 for the Throwback Game against Kent State. Drew Tate, a talented sophomore from Texas, appears to be a solid No. 1. “I think Drew will probalby be the starter and I don’t see that changing at this point” Ferentz said under sun-filled skies at Kinnick following the open-to-the-public scrimmage. “We’re not quite where we need to be or want to be, but we’ve got two more weeks,” said Tate. Things are less certain in the offensive line where Ferentz and his staff are working through a vareity of injuries. “It’s challenging. Lose one or two frontline guys and it begins to have an effect on not only the first group, but the second and third as well,” said Ferentz.

It appears Drew Tate will be under center for the Throwback Game on Sept. 4. “I don’t see that changing at this given point,” said Kirk Ferentz.

Ferentz said he’s been very pleased with the progress of his receivers during camp. And, of course, Iowa’s defensive unit is playing like the veteran squad that it is. Speaking of injuries, veteran defensive coordinator Norm Parker is currently sidelined with an infection. His staff is picking up the slack, although Parker is receiving daily reports and video. “We’re confident he’ll be back with us very soon. In the interim, the staff is working together as you’d expect. They’ve been great,” said Ferentz.