Dec. 12, 2008
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Four Notre Dame football players were named to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Freshman and All-Sophomore teams, announced Friday.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph was named to the All-Freshman first team while wide receiver Michael Floyd and offensive guard Trevor Robinson were named to the All-Freshman second team. Wide receiver Golden Tate was a sophomore honorable mention selection.
Rudolph started all 12 games and recorded 25 catches for 262 yards with two touchdowns. He set the school record for most receptions and receiving yards in a season by a tight end and became the first Irish freshman tight end to start the season opener.
Floyd started nine of the 10 games he appeared in and established Irish freshman receiving records with 46 receptions for 702 yards and seven touchdowns. He has recorded four games with at least 100 receiving yards and was able to accomplish such statistics despite missing all but three plays in the final three games of the season.
Robinson has appeared in nine games and started three contests at right guard for Chris Stewart. He became the fifth freshman to ever start on the Notre Dame offensive line and has helped decrease the sacks allowed total from 58 in 2007 to 20 in 2008, fewest in eight years.
Tate exploded onto the scene this season and leads the team with 52 receptions for 903 yards and seven receiving touchdowns as well as five rushes for 37 yards and one touchdown. He ranks eighth on Notre Dame’s single-season list for most receiving yards and his 75.3 receiving yards per game average is tied for 45th in the nation. Tate has started eight of the 12 games he’s appeared.