Brandon Tate is a wide receiver for the New England Patriots, who selected him with the 83rd overall pick in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Tate came to New England from the University of North Carolina, where he set the NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision all-time combined kick return yardage record. Tate is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 195 pounds.
As a senior at Cummings High School in Burlington, NC, Cummings caught 66 passes for 1,213 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was the No. 39-ranked prospect in North Carolina according to Rivals.com, and signed with the Tar Heels after also considering Virginia, West Virginia and East Carolina.
Throughout his college career, Tate made his biggest impact on special teams. As a true freshman, he returned 21 kickoffs for 542 yards and 29 punts for 267 yards, ranking in the top three in the ACC in both categories. As a sophomore, he became only the ninth player in NCAA history to return a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in the same game, doing so in the season finale against Duke. After catching just five passes in his first two seasons, Tate had 25 receptions for 479 yards as a junior, while also leading the ACC with 939 kickoff return yards. During the 2007 season, Tate broke the ACC records for total kickoff returns and kickoff return yardage. As a senior, Tate broke Deltha O'Neal's FBS record for combined kick return yardage, finishing his career with 3,523 combined yards on kick and punt returns. Tate, who had five total touchdowns in six games, suffered a torn ACL and MCL against Notre Dame, and missed the final seven games of the 2008 season.
NFL Scouting Combine
Brandon Tate was invited to the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine but could not work out because he was still recovering from his injury. In April, FOXSports.com reported that Tate tested positive for marijuana while at the combine. Players who fail a drug test at the combine are subject to entry into the NFL's substance abuse program.
Brandon Tate was selected in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Before the 2009 season, Tate signed a four-year/$2.505M contract with New England.
Due to his recovery from his ACL injury, Tate was placed on non-football injury list at the start of training camp.
In his brief college career, Jeremy Maclin has already scored multiple TD rushing (5), receiving (13), on punt returns (2) and kickoff returns (2). The only other active FBS players with at least two career TD in each of those categories are seniors Derrick Williams of Penn State and Brandon Tate of North Carolina.
Brandon Tate added 130 all-purpose yards and in the process, he sets a record for the most kick return yardage in FBS history, passing Cal's Deltha O'Neal (1996-99). Tate now has 3,486 kick return yards (kickoff and punt return).
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