Oct 9, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT
This news was released yesterday by the Notre Dame SID office:
In the only major college football award chosen exclusively by
fans, more than 50 percent of ballots cast went to Tate. He is the
second Notre Dame player to be honored this season, joining junior
quarterback Jimmy Clausen who was selected following the first week of the season.
Tate (Hendersonville, Tenn.) helped the Irish rally past Washington,
37-30, in overtime last week. He hauled in nine receptions for 244
yards and one touchdown. The 244 yards receiving were the most by a
Notre Dame player since Jim Seymour set the school record with 276
against Purdue on Sept. 24, 1966 and second-most in school history.
Tate also set the highest single-game receiving total this season in
the NCAA FBS. Tate added a 31-yard carry to finish with 275 all-purpose
yards, the sixth-most all-purpose yards in Notre Dame history.
University of Texas at El Paso running back Donald Buckram
placed second, with University of Maryland linebacker Demetrius
Hartsfield and University of Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt placing
third and fourth, respectively. Each of the players was nominated by
ESPN based on their outstanding performances last week.
“AT&T congratulates Golden for his tremendous performance
for Notre Dame last week, and we wish him the best of luck throughout
the season,” said Tim McGhee, executive director, AT&T corporate
sponsorships. “College football draws the most passionate fans, and
this award gives them the chance to select the AT&T All-America
Player of the Week all season long.”
Anytime a Player of the Week award comes down to a fan vote with a player from UTEP, Maryland, and Toledo, you’ve got to think the Notre Dame wide receiver that went for 244 receiving yards and 275 all-purpose yards might win that one handily.