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IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Former University of Iowa quarterback Drew Tate will serve as honorary captain when the Hawkeyes host Indiana on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium (11:01 a.m., ESPNU).
Tate was a four-year letterman for the Hawkeyes from 2003-06, earning the starting quarterback position in each of his final three seasons. He has played professional football in Canada since 2007 and has been a member of the Calgary Stampeders since 2009.
Tate has played in all 14 games for Calgary this season, helping the team to a 12-2 record while starting three games. He has passed for 617 yards and four touchdowns. Calgary returns to action on Oct. 18. His career completion percentage from 2009-13 (68 percent) is the best in Stampeders history. He spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with Saskatchewan before joining Calgary prior to the 2009 season. He has more than 3,800 career passing yards, 28 touchdown passes, and 21 rushing touchdowns.
Tate and the Hawkeyes shared the Big Ten title in 2004 while posting a 10-2 overall record. The Hawkeyes won their final seven Big Ten Conference games of the season, earning the title share with a 30-7 win over ninth-ranked Wisconsin in Kinnick Stadium. Tate and the Hawkeyes then defeated 11th-ranked LSU, 30-25, in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.
Tate, a native of Baytown, Texas (Robert E. Lee HS), completed 20-32 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns in the bowl victory, including the famous 56-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Warren Holloway on the final play of the game to lift Iowa to the victory. Tate, in 2004, completed 233-of-375 pass attempts for 2,786 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Tate’s career totals include completing 665-of-1,090 pass attempts for 8,292 yards and 61 touchdowns. He ranks second in career completions, attempts, yards, and touchdowns, and third in completion percentage (.610). Tate earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2004, was Iowa’s offensive Most Valuable Player that season and was the MVP of the Capital One Bowl. Iowa posted a 2-2 bowl record during Tate’s career, with all four games against ranked opponents.
Earlier this season, Iowa recognized members of the 2004 Big Ten championship team, but Tate was unable to attend due to Calgary playing a game that weekend.
As prep, Tate was a four-time first-team conference all-star. He established Texas high school records for pass completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns.
Tate will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for Saturday’s pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game, and on the sidelines during the contest.