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  Steve Tate
Steve Tate

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Salt Lake City

Last College:
Utah State

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 195

Position:
DB

Experience:
2VL

UTAH: All-conference candidate ... Utah's best defensive back can play both safety positions ... second-leading returning tackler in the MWC had 102 stops a year ago ... both bowl games in which he has played (vs. Georgia Tech in 2005 and Tulsa in 2006), he led all defenders with 10 tackles ... transferred to Utah as a walk-on, but has since earned a scholarship.

2006-Honorable mention all-Mountain West Conference pick started and played in 12 games at free safety ... missed the Northern Arizona game with an injury ... led Utah with 102 tackles ... 8.5 tackles per game was fourth-best in the MWC (40th in the nation) ... second on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss, despite typically lining up further away from the line of scrimmage than any defender on the field ... also tallied 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 pass breakup and 2 forced fumbles ... career-high 17 tackles against Boise State ... 13 stops against both Wyoming and New Mexico ... led all defenders in the Armed Forces Bowl with 10 tackles (8 solo) ... 10 tackles is the second-most ever in a bowl game by a Ute ... also had a sack against Tulsa in the bowl game ... Academic all-MWC ... also made the Athletics Academic Honor Roll.

2005-Played in all 12 games, making five starts ... 46 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss and an interception ... 42 of his 46 tackles came in the games he started ... season-high 10 tackles against both New Mexico and Georgia Tech ... 10 tackles (8 solo) against Georgia Tech in the Emerald Bowl led all tacklers for both teams ... first career interception also came against Georgia Tech (return of 45 yards) ... 45-yard interception return vs. Georgia Tech set a Utah bowl record ... Academic All-MWC.

2004-Redshirt made the Dean's List and was named to the Athletics Academic Honor Roll.

PRIOR TO UTAH: Transfer from Utah State played in 10 games at safety and for special teams in 2001 ... 26 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 1 fumble... left for an LDS church mission after the 2001 season ... 2000 5A MVP and all-state quarterback while playing for Skyline High (Utah) ... state's Mr. Football led 5A in rushing yards (1,660), rushing touchdowns (24) and yards per carry ... also passed for 664 yards and 2 TDs as a senior ... played for state championship teams in 1998 and 1999 ... high honor roll.

PERSONAL: Son of Wynn and Chris Tate ... both parents graduated from Utah ... one brother and two sisters ... grandfather, Hal, played football for Utah in 1947 and also wore number 28 ... married to the former Savanna Thompson ... son Bowynn ... enjoys playing golf and playing with his son ... served an LDS church mission from 2002-04 ... economics major ... full name is Stephen Tate ... born Jan. 11, 1983.

YEAR	G/GS	UT	AT	TOT	TFL	SACK
2001*	10/0	15	11	26	2.0-5	1-3
2005	12/5	26	20	46	2.0-4	0-0
2006	12/11	58	44	102	8.5-30	2.5-18
Totals	34/16	99	75	174	12.5-39	3.5-21
*at Utah State
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