CAREER: One of the most electrifying wide receivers for the Irish in recent memory blossomed into the top playmaker on the team in 2008 ... provides Notre Dame's offense with a bona fide threat to score every time the ball is in his hands ... has caught 64 passes for 1,211 yards (18.9 average) and 11 touchdowns, tops on the Irish the last two seasons ... already ranks 10th all-time at Notre Dame in touchdown receptions ... gained at least 100 receiving yards in six games during his career, tied for fifth most in school history with Jim Seymour and Tim Brown ... recorded 22 receptions of at least 20 yards in his first two seasons and 17 catches have gained at least 30 yards ... gained 41 rushing yards on six carries with one TD and has averaged 20.7 yards on 41 kickoff returns ... ranks eighth in kickoff returns and ninth in kickoff return yardage in program history ... tallied 2,215 all-purpose yards ... missed most of spring practices due to his starting left fielder roles on the Notre Dame baseball team ... selected to Phil Steele's 2009 preseason first-team All-America squad ... named to Sporting News' preseason All-America third team ... tabbed by Steele as the sixth-best wide receiver and 19th-best punt returner in college football for 2009 ... Lindy's labeled him the 15th-best wide receiver in 2009 preseason.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games for the Irish and started all but five contests (did not start vs. San Diego State, Michigan, Michigan State, Navy or Syracuse) ... led the Irish in all-purpose yards (1,754), receptions (58), receiving yards (1,080), receiving touchdowns (10) and total touchdowns (11) ... 1,754 all-purpose yards ranks third in Irish history ... 58 catches tied him for seventh most in a season at Notre Dame and his 1,080 receiving yards were the fifth most in Irish history ... tallied five games with at least 100 receiving yards - tied for third-most in a season ... registered 18 receptions of at least 20 yards and 15 receptions of at least 30 yards ... 10 TD catches were the sixth most in a Notre Dame season ... hauled in a then-career-high six catches for 93 yards and a TD (second of career) in season opener vs. San Diego State ... set a then-career-high for receiving yards in a game by hauling in four catches for 127 yards and a TD, including catches of 48 and 60 yards, against Michigan ... registered 116 yards on three catches in the first half alone, besting his previous career high of 104 yards against Purdue on Sept. 29, 2007 ... recorded 107 all-purpose yards (24 rush, 83 receiving) on the day against Michigan State ... tallied Notre Dame's longest rush of his career with a 24-yard scamper on a reverse midway through the first quarter ... finished the afternoon against the Spartans with five receptions for 83 yards - marking the third straight game with at least 80 yards receiving ... registered his first start of the season (third of career) against Purdue ... caught five passes for 64 yards and a TD in victory over the Boilermakers ... had his most complete all-purpose day of Irish career against North Carolina, totaling 213 all-purpose yards (121 yards receiving, 92 yards on returns) ... his 121 yards receiving marked the second time on the season he broke the 100-yard barrier ... recorded his fourth TD reception of the season and fifth of his career on a 19-yard strike from Jimmy Clausen ... hauled in a 47-yard reception late in the second quarter against the Tar Heels to set up a first-down-and-goal situation ... registered fifth TD of the season (and first rushing TD of career) on a 21-yard end around against Washington ... recorded 11 yards rushing, 47 yards receiving and 14 punt return yards in victory over the Huskies ... amassed 201 all-purpose yards vs. Pittsburgh (111 receiving, 91 KR and -1 PR), as well as hauling in his fifth receiving TD of the year and sixth TD of the season overall ... had a 47-yard reception and a 31-yard catch in the game that were his ninth and 10th catches on the year of 30 yards or longer ... surpassed 100 yards receiving for the third time on the season and fourth time in his career ... tallied 199 all-purpose yards vs. Boston College ... hauled in six catches for 66 yards, added 89 yards on kickoff returns and 44 on punt returns against the Eagles ... made seventh start of the season against Navy and tallied a rush for three yards, six punt returns for 50 yards (8.3 avg.) and two kick returns for 38 yards (19.0 avg.) in the win ... had a huge day, hauling in seven balls for a game-high and then career-high 146 yards (20.9 avg.) and two TD against Syracuse ... also returned four kickoffs for 72 yards (18.0 avg.) and had a carry for five yards in the game ... had three receptions of over 30 yards ... registered his sixth TD reception on a 35-yard pass play from sophomore QB Jimmy Clausen with two seconds remaining in the first half to give Notre Dame a 13-10 halftime lead over the Orange ... added his second TD reception of the game and seventh of the season on a 36-yard pass from Clausen with 2:49 left in the third quarter (gave the Irish a 20-10 advantage) against Syracuse ... registered a career-best 223 all-purpose yards in the home finale ... totaled 203 all-purpose yards (177 receiving, 17 kickoff return , nine punt return) and three TDs vs. Hawai'i ... his 177 receiving yards and three TDs were career-bests ... one of his TDs went for 69 yards, which was the longest play from scrimmage on the year for the Irish and longest of Tate's career ... set school bowl game record for receiving yards and receiving TDs.
2007 (FRESHMAN): 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 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.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today second-team prep All-America pick for 2006 on defense as athlete ... rated 11th prep player nationally on ESPN 150 listing ... selected to Super Southern 100 team for 2006 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of 11 wide receivers ... one of 11 players from Tennessee selected to All-Southern team by Orlando Sentinel ... rated one of top 250 players nationally by Rivals.com, including second among Tennessee prospects and seventh nationally among players in athlete category ... American General Tennessee Mr. Football Back of the Year selection in Division II A/AA class as both junior and senior in `05 and `06 ... named Charles Greenhill Award winner as top prep player in Tennessee and Middle Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year for `06, both by Lawrenceburg (Tenn.) Quarterback Club ... Tennessee Division II first-team all-state pick in 2006 as athlete by Tennessee Sports Writers Association and also by Tennessee Football Coaches Association ... named Sumner County (Tenn.) Offensive Player of the Year for `06 ... drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 42nd round of the 2007 MLB Draft ... rated 79th best prospect nationally by CSTV - and 17th among running backs ... rushed 140 times for 1,413 yards and 23 touchdowns as senior in `06 at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., along with 28 receptions for 510 yards and six TDs ... also had three interceptions on defense, returned a kickoff for a TD and was the Knights' punter (he had a long of 62 yards among his 19 kicks) for team that finished 7-3 in `06 ... lined up at quarterback and completed a pass to his brother Wesley in a November 2006 John Paul II one-point playoff loss ... rushed for 1,041 yards on 137 carries and 14 TDs and had 812 receiving yards on 38 catches with 11 more TDs as junior in 2005 ... returned 17 punts for 231 yards and 19 kickoffs for 426 yards in `05 ... returned three kicks for TDs as junior ... named to Nashville Tennessean Dream Team for `06 as special teams athlete ... named to Nashville Tennessean All-Midstate team for `06 as an athlete --- and was Midstate Player of the Year by The Tennessean ... Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state pick as junior ... rated one of top 33 running backs on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview ... rated fourth among prospects nationally in "athlete" category on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News ... rated 38th best overall prospect in Southeast on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... joined fellow Irish classmate Andrew Nuss in helping East to 28-14 win in inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl all-star game Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... has run 4.4 in 40 ... also a standout outfielder for the Notre Dame baseball team ... played for Pope John Paul II coach Jeff Brothers ... father Golden Tate, Jr., played wide receiver at Tennessee State and was fifth-round pick of Indianapolis Colts in 1984 NFL draft as 120th overall selection ... born Aug. 2, 1988 ... full name is Golden H. Tate III ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology.
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