Xposure alum Golden Tate garners top honors as he takes home college footballs Biletnikoff Award. The award recognizes college football’s most outstanding receiver.
Tate was a two sport standout at Notre Dame. Starring on the gridiron in the fall and the baseball diamond in the spring. A native of Hendersonville, TN Tate went to Pope John Paul II High School. In his prep days, Tate frequented Xposure camps and events. Tate was drafted out of high school by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 42nd round of the 2007 amateur draft. Tate decided to fore go his first opportunity at professional sports and attend the university of Notre Dame.
Tate, who earlier this week announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, blossomed into one of the most dynamic receivers in Notre Dame history this season while setting Notre Dame records for receptions (93) and receiving yards (1,496) and tying the Irish record for receiving touchdowns (15). Tate’s stats were enough to rank him 3rd nationally in yards per game with 124.7 and 7th in catches per game with 7.75.
After finalizing his decision to enter the NFL draft Tate will begin preparing for play at the professional level. "I will start interviewing with agencies soon," Tate said. "After that, I'll set up with a training facility to get ready for the next level. I want to work on my speed and get faster."
The two-sport athlete at Notre Dame says playing baseball aided in honing his receiving skills. "Baseball helped me a lot," Tate said, "I learned to catch the ball at the highest point. It's been a big help."
“Needless to say we are very proud of Golden and his accomplishments. He is a very gifted athlete who has achieved at the highest levels of college football. I can't think of a more exciting guy to watch, he's ready for a new chapter in the NFL. I know he's excited and we wish him and his family the best.” says Program Director Jarrett England.
Tate leaves Notre Dame as one of the most electrifying players ever to suit up for the Irish. And were proud to call him one of our own. Here are some highlights from Tate’s 2009 season. Tate was one of college footballs most exciting players and very deserving of the recognition