Scouting Report: Michael Tate

Brad Franchione is the coach at one of the top junior college programs in the country, and also the son of Texas A&M Coach Dennis Franchione. One of the players he sent to the Division I-A ranks this year was defensive lineman Michael Tate, a 2-star prospect according to However, Franchione believes injuries led to Tate being seriously underrated by the so-called recruiting gurus.

Michael is a talented player...His intelligence is an asset that allows him to understand the game...He has a good sense of humor and knows when to be serious and when to have fun...Michael played much of the 2006 season with an injury and played through that pain on the field...He sometimes would have to play on Saturday with only one day of practice during the week due to the injury..He can learn without repetitions which gives him the ability to play with limited practice...He brought a knowledge of the Division I atmosphere to the team after he transferred from the University of Arkansas...His strengths are speed, agility and football instincts that make him very difficult to block...He does need to develop more strength in his lower body...He understands the responsibility those players must be able to handle...What stands out most in my mind is that Michael would get treatment two or three times a day to try and get on the field. He had his mind set on getting healthy and did everything in his power to do it.

The last two seasons a total of 16 Blinn College players have signed with Division I college football teams. 

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