#32 Golden Tate
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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