Connaughton Drafted In Fourth Round By The Baltimore Orioles

The junior is the highest Irish hurler to get drafted since RHP Kyle Weiland went in the third round in 2008.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2009): Speedy two-sport star who is looking to make transition to baseball, after a breakthrough 2008 season on the Notre Dame gridiron (as a receiver and kick returner) ... could contend for the open starting position in leftfield as well as the leadoff spot in the lineup ... a left-handed batter and thrower considered to have "plus" tools in areas of outfield defense and all around speed, with raw and developing bating ability but good hand-eye coordination ... tremendous speed down the base path out of the left-handed batters box ... consistently timed at 6.4 or 6.5 seconds over 60 meters ... has good bat control to execute bunts and slap hits but also has the hand strength to drive doubles in the gap.

AS A FRESHMAN (2008): Did not participate in the 2007 Blue-Gold World Series as he participated in football ... saw action in 18 games, including nine starts ... batted .262 with three doubles, four RBI and three stolen bases (in five attempts) ... drew a pair of walks, executed two sacrifice bunts, but also struck out 10 times ... did not commit an error in 18 fielding chances, primarily in centerfield ... registered his first career start on Feb. 23 against Iowa (went 0-for-4) with a run scored, RBI, stolen base and two walks ... proceeded to start the next three games and hit .727 (8-for-11) in the span ... went 3-for-4 with a stolen base, double and three RBI on Feb. 24 against Albany ... went 2-for-3 with two more doubles, a sacrifice bunt and two runs scored against Mount St. Mary's on March 1 ... closed torrid stretch with another three-hit game versus St. Bonaventure on March 2 (3-for-4, stolen base and two runs scored) ... remained in the everyday lineup for four more games (Boston College, Maine, Lehigh and Texas A&M Corpus Christi), but struggled from the plate going hitless in 17 plate appearances ... only made one start the rest of the season (March 26 against Wisconsin- Milwaukee) ... came off the bench with two hits, two RBI and a run scored against Georgetown on March 20.

FOOTBALL (2008): Played in all 13 games and started seven ... blossomed into one of the most improved wide receivers in the country ... led the Irish in receptions (58), receiving yards (1,080), receiving touchdowns (10) and total touchdowns (11) ... ranked tied for 83rd in the NCAA FBS in receptions per game (4.46), 28th in receiving yards per game (83.08), 22nd in total receiving yards (1,080) and tied for 16th in receiving touchdowns (10) ... among players with at least 4.46 receptions per game, he ranked second in the NCAA FBS with a 18.62 per reception average ... became the fifth Irish wideout (sixth time) to ever eclipse 1,000 yards in a single season ... 58 receptions tied for seventh-most in school history, 1,080 receiving yards ranked fifth, 10 touchdown receptions ranked tied for sixth and five 100-yard receiving games ranked tied for third ... registered 15 catches of at least 30 yards ... eclipsed 185 all-purpose yards in six games ... recorded 1,754 all-purpose yards (thirdmost in Notre Dame history), the most by an Irish player since Tim Brown in 1987.

FOOTBALL (2007): Played in all 12 games and was one of eight freshmen who started for Notre Dame ... started at wide receiver vs. UCLA and USC ... registered six receptions for 131 yards (21.8 avg.) with one touchdown and averaged 21.7 yards on 15 kick returns ... recorded one kickoff return for 20 yards vs. Georgia Tech ... brought back a kickoff 34 yards vs. Penn State... had five kickoff returns for the Irish, bringing in 133 yards vs. Michigan ... recorded long return of 40 yards, a career high ... recorded four rushing yards vs. the Wolverines ... recorded three kickoff returns for 62 yards vs. Michigan State ... had breakout game vs. Purdue ... recorded a team game high 104 yards on three catches ... made long catch of the day on a pass from Evan Sharpley for 43 yards ... caught 25-yard pass from Sharpley for an Irish touchdown ... recorded one kickoff return for 14 yards vs. the Boilermakers ... made first career start (becoming the fourth freshman to start in 2007) at UCLA ... had one kickoff return for 18 yards vs. Boston College ... made one reception vs. USC for 22 yards ... recorded one kickoff return for 16 yards vs. Navy ... logged 28:51 of playing time and 97 special-teams appearances.

PREP & PERSONAL: Drafted by Arizona Diamondbacks' scout and former Notre Dame player Matt Haas (who picked Tate in the 42nd round of the 2007 MLB draft) ... one of nation's top football prospects who saw his senior baseball season at Pope John Paul II HS end in late March, due to thumb injury ... shifted to track and field team at end of 2007 spring semester and posted top qualifying times in 100- (10.93) and 200-meter dash (22.33) ... suffered hamstring injury near end of state 100-meter final and was unable to compete in 200 (or 800 relay) ... his younger brother Wesley was third-seed in the 200 (22.53) and finished as runner-up (22.59) ... the Tate brothers - who both made their first appearances in the state track meet - had combined with Darrell Wallace and Tyler Peoples to post the state's top qualifying time in the 800-meter relay (1:30.28) ... his junior-year baseball season in 2006 included all-region, all-state and all-county honors as a centerfielder while being named to TBCA Region Showcase Team (at Middle Tennessee) and Team Tennessee squad that competed at Sunbelt Classic (in Oklahoma) ... played 2006 summer ball with Columbia Post 19 ... named USA Today second team All-American in football as a senior in 2006, also earning a #11 ranking on ESPN's listing of nation's top prep players ... earned state player of the year honors in 2006, after rushing for 1,413 yards (23 TDs) and making 28 receptions (510 yds; 6 TDs), plus three interceptions and a kickoff TD (he also was the Knight's punter, with season-long boot of 62 yards) ... rushed for 1,041 yards as a junior (14 TDs), adding 38 receptions (812 yds; 11 TDs) and three TDs on kick returns ... his father, Golden Tate, Jr.,was a receiver at Tennessee State and fifth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 1984 ... joins ND baseball program that features five all-time monogram winners from Tennessee ... inherits #32 jersey worn previously by RHP Jess Stewart ... born Aug. 2, 1988, in Nashville,Tenn. ... his brother,Wesley, is a three-sport star (football, basketball, track) who has received interest from college football programs (he currently is a senior at Pope John Paul II HS) ... also has 12-year-old twin sisters, Breanna and Deanna ... son of Golden and Yolanda Tate ... full name is Golden H. Tate III ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology.

Tate's Career Statistics

200818/9426 113004 20100/23-5 .295.333.262
Totals18/9426 113004 20100/23-5 .295.333.262

Golden Tate
Golden  Tate


Hendersonville, TN

High School:
Pope John Paul II

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 195




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