Redshirt not in Tate's Wardrobe Anymore

True freshman running back Ben Tate had a big day against Tulane and the decision not to redshirt.

Auburn, Ala.--Following a 26-carry 156-yard performance in Auburn's 38-13 victory over Tulane, the first question reporters asked Ben Tate was, "Was it fun?"

Yes, obviously.

"Of course it was fun," Tate exclaimed. "I love playing football and it's a great sport. I wouldn't play it if I didn't have fun doing it."

The fact that Tate played against the Green Wave means that the redshirt has been taken off his back and he will be available for the Tigers down the stretch against Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Georgia and Alabama.

"You've got to weigh the pros and cons, but obviously you can tell I'm not redshirting because I played in this game," Tate says. "Just knowing that you're going to have the opportunity to play is exciting. This is a great program and just playing as a freshman, you don't see that done too much at Auburn playing as a freshman. I feel honored."

With Kenny Irons taking it easy on the sidelines and Brad Lester slowed with a hamstring, Tate carried the load for the Tigers.

It was Tate's second 100-plus yard rushing game this season and he now has 271 yards and three touchdowns in limited time. He also carried seven times for 114 yards and two scores against Buffalo earlier this season.

"If I get an adequate amount of carries I feel like I should get 100 yards against any opponent," Tate says. "It's not just the lower teams that we're playing. I feel like that I'm trying to showcase my talents against SEC teams as well as anybody else.

"I feel very comfortable in the offense," he adds. "I've been here since the spring. I think the coaches are starting to sense that I'm comfortable in the offense and I know what to do. That's all better for the team because if somebody goes down and they need somebody to play I don't think that they'll hesitate to put me in knowing that I know what to do."

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