Golden Tate By The Numbers

December 8, 2009

A Look At Some Of The Stats Tate Has Put Up On The Gridirion & Diamond At Notre Dame

By Editor Sean Stires

So, Golden Tate is going to the NFL.  It comes as no surprise to most people, but I for one thought he might give

Golden Tate declared for the NFL draft on Monday (AP Photo)

Golden Tate declared for the NFL draft on Monday (AP Photo)

college baseball one last go round.  After all, Tate was actually recruited by the Irish baseball team before ND football recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello got him on campus for a visit.

Tate also had the model of Jeff Samardzija, another former Irish two sport guy, to look at.  Samardzija was the guest speaker at the Notre Dame baseball Opening Night Dinner before last season and he prophetically told Tate “You might break my records, but you’ll never look this good.”

Like Tate, Samardzija didn’t burst on the national stage until after a monster junior season on the football field.  MLB scouts then flocked to Irish baseball games all spring in 2006, and Samardzija capitalized when he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round, played minor league baseball that summer, and then caught more passes from Brady Quinn that fall.

Samardzija has something Tate doesn’t though (besides his trademark shaggy hair):  a 6’5 frame with an upper 90s fastball.  Tate is just 5’11, albeit with blazing speed, but he was still considered a work in progress on the baseball field.

With that said, Tate did play two seasons of college baseball, and he rewrote the Irish receiving record book in just three seasons.

Here’s a By The Numbers look at Tate’s two sport career at Notre Dame:

1,496…receving yards by Tate this season-a new Notre Dame school record

1,211…total receiving yards in his first two seasons combined

15…touchdown catches in 2009 for Charlie Weis and the football team

16…career stolen bases with the Irish baseball team

93…football receptions in 2009-also a new school record

92…total bases on the diamond in 2009

(ND Photo)

(ND Photo)

8…straight games with a touchdown catch in 2009-a school record tied with Samardzija

8…doubles for the baseball team in 2009

2…games of 200-plus receiving yards this season-including a school record 244 vs. Washington

222…career at-bats as a baseball player

.329…batting average in 2009

63…career starts for baseball head coach Dave Schrage

64…combined receptions as a freshman and sophomore in 2007 & 2008

9…games this season with 100-plus receiving yards – another single-season school record

7…sacrifice bunts in 2009 – the second-most by an Irish player

1,915…all-purpose yards during the 2009 football season

1…Irish player with more all-purpose yards in a season – Tim Brown with 1,937 in 1986

1…career home run by Tate – a late inning longball that helped his team win a crucial late April series at Louisville

22…career base on balls drawn by Tate

23…his jersey number with the football team

32…Tate’s baseball number

21…RBIs in 2009

11…straight games with either a receiving, rushing or punt return TD in 2009

.813…OPS (on-base plus slugging %) in 2009

0…other college baseball players who are a 2009 Biletnikoff Award finalist

(Tate is one of more than 35 players who have been featured in the exclusive Two Sport Reports.)

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