November 4, 2009

Tate running strong

Curtis Luper guaranteed he'd have 1,000 yards. Ben Tate set his personal goal even higher at 1,200.

Through nine games, Tate has already cruised past his coach's mark and is well on the way to one of the best seasons in Auburn history.

The senior has rushed for 1,067 yards and six touchdowns on 193 carries. Tate's current average of 118.6 yards per game has him on pace for over 1,500 yards with three regular season games and a bowl game to go.

Tate could become only the third player in AU history to reach the 1,500-yard mark joining Bo Jackson (1,786 in 1985) and Rudi Johnson (1,567 in 2000).

Tate credits Luper, head coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn for giving him the opportunity to become the workhorse tailback he, and many, envisioned coming out of Newark (Md.) Snow Hill in 2006.

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