Ten things to know about WR Brandon Tate

October, 25, 2009
10/25/09
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LONDON -- With the Patriots placing receiver Brandon Tate on their active roster Saturday, and with Tate projected to play Sunday against the Buccaneers, here are 10 things to know about him:

1) Wears jersey No. 19

2) He is 6-foot-1, 195 pounds

3) Turned 22 on October 5

4) His hometown is Burlington, North Carolina and he attended the University of North Carolina

5) Drafted in the third round, 83rd overall, by the Patriots

6) Failed a drug test as part of pre-draft testing, which might have affected his draft status

7) Sustained torn ligaments in his knee against Notre Dame as a senior in 2008 and missed the final seven games of the season

8) Holds the NCAA career record in combined kick and punt return yards (3,523)

9) He is one of only nine players in NCAA history to return a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the same game (vs. Duke, 2006)

10) At Cummings High School, he played guard on the basketball team and helped lead the squad to the state title as a junior

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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