April 20, 2008

Christensen assesses his spring

All eyes were on the quarterback position on Saturday as Kirk Ferentz has declared the competition open this spring. The returning starter, Jake Christensen, talks about the competition, what he has learned from last year, and assesses his performance this spring, including his ups and downs on Saturday, plus a whole lot more.

Q: How are things this spring as compared to coming out of the spring last year?

CHRISTENSEN: It's hard to tell. I think we're not as healthy, I know that, but the guys who are healthy are doing well. We have a lot of young guys getting a lot of experience and I think that will pay off for us.

Q: How are you a different quarterback than you were say mid November?

CHRISTENSEN: I'm more relaxed I'd say. I think it was a pretty stressful year last year for a lot of people, but it was a great learning experience on top of it. So we'll take a lot of lessons out of it, good and bad, and then try to move on and do better this year.

Q: You said it was a good learning experience last year. What did you learn?

CHRISTENSEN: I learned how to deal with failure. Most of the guys on this team come from great high school teams and being very successful for a long time, when you don't do well it makes you that much more hungry. I think we could see that through our off-season workouts.

Q: How big of a shock is that? You obviously played for a great high school team all the way through and come here and go to bowl games, but then have that disappointment.

CHRISTENSEN: It hurts. I mean you think about it everyday until next season. I think it's been our driving factor thus far and I don't see why it won't be all the way up until the first game.

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