Former Iowa quarterback talks before the Hawkeyes' home game against Indiana. He was the team's honorary captain Saturday.


IOWA CITY, Ia. – Time flies when you're Drew Tate.

The former Iowa quarterback experienced a Hawkeye football Saturday for the first time since his college career ended in 2006.

"Awesome," said Tate, who served as an honorary captain. "We came out, played catch earlier. Oh, man."

Tate spent a brief stint with the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs and continues to play in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders.

But most Iowa followers will always remember him as the catalyst in a Big Ten title run during the 2004 season – capped by his 56-yard touchdown pass to Warren Holloway in the closing moments of a Capital One Bowl victory over Louisiana State.

"Insane, man," Tate said when talking about the 10th anniversary of that team. "I just turned 30, and I didn't know I was going to make 30."

Tate, who threw for 8,292 yards and 61 touchdowns as a Hawkeye, spent a few moments this week with current Iowa quarterbacks Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard.

"I hope one of them separates themselves," Tate said. "Ultimately, you want a guy, right? In the end though, you want what's best for everybody.

"When you have two quarterbacks duking it out, that really sets a tone for the team. I think that could be a really good thing."