It doesn't matter what year it is, every year there is a player or two that Notre Dame fans want to see offered a scholarship by Notre Dame. This year it's Golden Tate (6-foot-0 180 pounds).
"I don't know what it is, but it's most likely that I haven't taken my ACT yet," Tate responded when asked the reason Notre Dame hasn't provided him a scholarship offer. "I'll take it the next time it's open. I think that's in October."
While Tate waits on his offer from Notre Dame, he will try to keep an eye on their progress during the season. He won't be able to watch the Irish play Georgia Tech Saturday night, but he's making plans to watch a tape of the game.
"My dad lives in Georgia; he's about 30 minutes from Georgia Tech and I wanted to go up there for the game," Tate explained. "I'm actually going to be at Tennessee State's game Saturday night because my dad went there. I'd like to tape the [Notre Dame] game, because I know I won't get a chance to see it.
"I haven't talked to the [Notre Dame] coaches lately. I haven't really spoken to anyone. I've been busy and I have to do my homework. Plus the screen on my phone is broken so I can't get any text messages."
Despite a disappointing loss last week Tate has is showing that he is one of the top players in the country.
"We're one and one," Tate said of his teams early season record. "I did pretty decent the first game. I didn't make too many errors. I scored three touchdowns. I returned an on-side kick-off for a touchdown. I really didn't even know you could run with it. I thought you had to sit down or fall on it. I when I caught it, I sat there for a minute; I didn't hear a whistle, so I took it to the other side and ran it back."Last week we didn't have a real good week of practice and when we came out it showed. I had 55 yards rushing and over 100 receiving."
In 2005, Tate had 137 carries for 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns (7.5 yards per carry). He also had 38 receptions for 813 yards and nine touchdowns (21.4 yards per catch). He returned 17 punts for 231 yards (13.6 per return) and 19 kick-offs for 426 yards (22.4 yards per return). He returned three kicks for touchdowns with a long return of 96 yards. For his career, Tate has 60 touchdowns, 2,170 rushing yards 1,735 receiving and 10 interceptions.