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DI: You talked about the interception return — were you head-hunting? Did you think you were going to run through that tackle?

Angerer: Yeah, I think that was the run I got over, and that hurt. I thought I just got right up, and apparently, I was lying there for a little bit, so I don’t know. I don’t really remember much after that.

DI: You picked up a couple of awards this week.

Angerer: Yeah, you know, I mean, it was pretty cool. I think it just shows how great our defense is. You know, everybody was doing his job running around. There are a lot of guys on our defense who should have gotten an award, too.

DI: What goes through your mind when you hear one day, you get the Big Ten one, then the next day, you get the Lott one, then the next day, you get the national one?

Angerer: I don’t know. I mean, it’s cool. Our defense, we’ve got a lot of guys who probably could’ve won the award. A lot of guys were flying around, having fun, and we had a great time last Saturday, and you know, we got to move on and continue to improve.

DI: You guys almost take on the Ferentz mentality, his personality. Is that the case?

Angerer: Yeah, he’s the coach. I’ve been with him a long time, every day.

DI: Did you get banned from the postgame now with [Gary] Dolphin?

Angerer: We were feeling a little good after that. I was saying whatever came to my head.

DI: Do you ever think about taking your act on the road?

Angerer: Yeah, right. I’m not smart enough. I don’t know about that. I’d probably have someone write my jokes for me or something.

DI: If you weren’t playing football, what do you think you’d be doing?

Angerer: I don’t know. At a bar or something. [Laughter] No. [Laughter] Sitting on the couch, watching TV.

DI: For you personally, at what point did that moment come of, Hey, I know what I’m capable of and what type of player I can be?

Angerer: I think the first two games, I was thinking too much. I don’t know if I was trying to do too much, but I was probably thinking too much, and I just wasn’t really getting the job done. And the key is to just go in there and relax, and you know, what happens, happens, and just react, rather than think or try to guess. And that’s what happened on Saturday.

DI: What’s it like to play behind a defensive line that’s constantly getting pressure on quarterbacks?

Angerer: It’s fun. It’s very fun watching those guys, and you know, we don’t have to cover our receivers for that long because we’re getting pressure on them. We don’t have to take on blockers that much because they’re doing just a great job of taking on blockers.

DI: Besides Adrian [Clayborn]’s play, were there any plays you saw on film Sunday that made you think, Wow, that was amazing?

Angerer: You know, Jeremiha [Hunter] made a lot of good plays on Saturday. There was one where he ran through and hit the guy in the backfield, and that was a great play. He’s been playing unbelievably.

DI: Did you hear any stories of anything happening in Iowa City when you guys got back from State College?

Angerer: No. We got back at like, what? I fell asleep at like 5 a.m., and so, I wasn’t really thinking much about that.

DI: You said you hoped the team would keep the ANF decals on the helmet. What did it mean to have that again?

Angerer: It was cool, especially playing on national television and the spotlight, and you know, represent the great farmers and the great hard-working people from Iowa. I thought it was really cool.

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