Iowa Quarterback Ricky Stanzi Focused on Improving, Not Past Success

B.Senior Analyst IAugust 25, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05:  Quarterback Richy Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes rolls out of the pocket against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Ricky Stanzi reminded fans of his interview skills during a recent question and answer session with ESPN's Dana Jacobs.

The Iowa quarterback appeared on ESPN2's First Take, where he fielded a number of questions ranging from movie preferences to the Orange Bowl.

Jacobs started the interview off by asking Stanzi about last year's Orange Bowl. He replied that it was important, but that the team can't expect the past to provide success in the future.

"We're a new team and we've lost a lot of experience so we have to be very sure we're doing the right things right now to get ready for the season and not so much worry about what happened last year," he explained.

During the interview, Stanzi was also asked about Iowa's upcoming battle with preseason No. 2 ranked Ohio State on November 20.

"Until someone beats them, there is really nothing to talk about and that's how we feel," Stanzi declared. "Right now, we need to win our first one and go from there."

The senior quarterback for the No. 9 ranked Hawkeyes knows to mentally prepare for one game at a time, the first being the home opener against Eastern Illinois on September 4, and that was clearly all he was concerned about.

"We're focused on improvement, and that starts with every practice leading up to every game," Stanzi emphasized. "We're giving our best effort in every practice and trying to better."

Stanzi's effort last year was plainly evident; he finished the 2009 season with 2,417 yards, 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions to go along with an Orange Bowl Championship. He has passed for 4,373 career yards during his tenure at Iowa, which ranks sixth all-time.

Iowa's offensive leader was brutally honest when asked what he thought his biggest weakness was. 

"The Turnovers," he explained. "We had too many turnovers last year, and ya know, they were all my fault and it put our defense in a lot of bad positions." He added that if he could fix the turnovers and not put the defense in a bad position, he can help out the team in a big way.

As college football analyst Phil Steele pointed out, Stanzi has an outstanding 67 percent passing completion in the fourth quarter of play—a pass efficiency rating of 200.2. If he figures out why his weakness strikes during the first three quarters of play, Iowa will definitely have a monster year in 2010.

Ironically, the interview finished with Stanzi providing Big Ten opponents plenty of material for game-day signs on Saturday this fall.

"I'm a big Leonardo DiCaprio fan," the Mentor, Ohio native revealed to ESPN's Jacobs when asked about recent movies he had seen.

I can only imagine what Titanic jokes are being brainstormed for signs now.