Golden Tate: ‘I think I’m going to run a sub 4.5’

Golden Tate, who will run the 40 and go through drills with the other wide receivers today at the Combine, is one of the top-ranked wideouts and played in a pro-style offense under Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. Tate talked about how that helped him, and about other topics with Sporting News’ Dennis Dillon and other reporters in Indianapolis.

Question: What was it like playing for Charlie Weis?

Golden Tate: That’s one of the reasons I accepted a scholarship to Notre Dame. I knew the situation I was going into was that coach Weis was a professional caliber coach, (so) the system’s got to be similar (to the NFL). He came from the Patriots and won championships. So I knew I was going to have a head start when I decided to pursue my dream and play professional football.

Golden Tate had 1,496 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns for Notre Dame in 2009.
Golden Tate had 1,496 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns for Notre Dame in 2009.

Q: Why did you decide to come out early?

GT: I spoke with coach Weis before the season, and he told me, "Unless you have around 1,500 yards and around 16 or 17 touchdowns, I would not leave early." I had 1,500 yards (1,496 to be precise) and 15 touchdowns, so I was right there. After the season, before I made any decisions, we sat down and spoke. The pros were better than the cons, we thought. So I made the decision to enter the draft early.

Q: Which NFL receiver do you try to emulate?

GT: Steve Smith (of the Panthers). We have similar size, a similar build. I think I model my game after him. I’m not afraid to go over the middle and catch the ball or throw a block. Also, a newcomer to the game — Percy Harvin. I really liked what Minnesota did with him last year — moving him around in the backfield, reverses, in motion, the Wildcat. Hopefully, a team will see that in me and draft me.

Q: Why did your parents name you Golden?

GT: I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know what they were thinking. I’m actually the third, so there’s other Goldens running around here somewhere. It worked out. I guess you could say it fits me. A lot of people say, Golden Domer. Notre Dame. It was destined.

Q: What part of the on-field drills are you most looking forward to on Sunday?

GT: I’d say the 40. Running straight is my thing. I can do that. So I’m excited to see how my times come out. I think I’m going to run a sub 4.5, a decent time.

Dennis Dillon is a writer for Sporting News. E-mail him at ddillon@sportingnews.com.

Golden Tate, who will run the 40 and go through drills with the other wide receivers today at the Combine, is one of the top-ranked wideouts and played in a pro-style offense under Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. Tate talked about how that helped him, and about other topics with Sporting News’ Dennis Dillon and other reporters in Indianapolis.

Question: What was it like playing for Charlie Weis?

Golden Tate: That’s one of the reasons I accepted a scholarship to Notre Dame. I knew the situation I was going into was that coach Weis was a professional caliber coach, (so) the system’s got to be similar (to the NFL). He came from the Patriots and won championships. So I knew I was going to have a head start when I decided to pursue my dream and play professional football.

Golden Tate had 1,496 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns for Notre Dame in 2009.
Golden Tate had 1,496 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns for Notre Dame in 2009.

Q: Why did you decide to come out early?

GT: I spoke with coach Weis before the season, and he told me, "Unless you have around 1,500 yards and around 16 or 17 touchdowns, I would not leave early." I had 1,500 yards (1,496 to be precise) and 15 touchdowns, so I was right there. After the season, before I made any decisions, we sat down and spoke. The pros were better than the cons, we thought. So I made the decision to enter the draft early.

Q: Which NFL receiver do you try to emulate?

GT: Steve Smith (of the Panthers). We have similar size, a similar build. I think I model my game after him. I’m not afraid to go over the middle and catch the ball or throw a block. Also, a newcomer to the game — Percy Harvin. I really liked what Minnesota did with him last year — moving him around in the backfield, reverses, in motion, the Wildcat. Hopefully, a team will see that in me and draft me.

Q: Why did your parents name you Golden?

GT: I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know what they were thinking. I’m actually the third, so there’s other Goldens running around here somewhere. It worked out. I guess you could say it fits me. A lot of people say, Golden Domer. Notre Dame. It was destined.

Q: What part of the on-field drills are you most looking forward to on Sunday?

GT: I’d say the 40. Running straight is my thing. I can do that. So I’m excited to see how my times come out. I think I’m going to run a sub 4.5, a decent time.

Dennis Dillon is a writer for Sporting News. E-mail him at ddillon@sportingnews.com.

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