Personnel Points: Still Golden
Notre Dame hasn't lost all its luster; consider some of the NFL prospects
Despite all the noise surrounding Notre Dame right now, there are notable things going on with the program -- the good kind -- to discuss, and that's where I'm leading off as we look at players who have seen a stock shift.
In a 45-38 defeat at the hands of Stanford, Fighting Irish wide receiver Golden Tate once again came up big. He hauled in 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns -- the last of those scores showcasing his terrific run-after-catch ability as seven defenders had a chance to make the tackle but were unable to do so. The compact 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior possesses strong hands, which enable him to routinely come away with tough grabs in tight quarters. Very adept at finding the end zone, Tate has a touchdown catch in Notre Dame's past eight games and leads the team with 15. Along with his exploits as a wide receiver, he has also proven to be a very good punt returner (14.2-yard average). While I'm not saying that he will have the same type of immediate success in the NFL that Minnesota's Percy Harvin has enjoyed, I do see Tate as providing a team with that same sort of dimension, able to impact a game in a variety of ways.
To read Mel Kiper's take on a an under-the-radar Stanford talent, a possible Florida defection, a Tar Heel and a member of the Tide, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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