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Joe Tate
Joe Tate

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Southfield, Mich.

High School:
Southfield-Lathrup

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 295

Position:
OT

Birthdate:
12/13/1980

Experience:
3L


Enters his third season as Michigan State's starting left guard...has 16 career starts under his belt...AS A JUNIOR: Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner...presented MSU Community Service and Leadership Award...named first recipient of the Clarence J. Underwood Jr. Sportsmanship Award...saw action in all 12 games in 2002 while playing a career-best 273.5 minutes...started the last 10 games at left guard...graded out over 90 percent in 10 of 12 games, including his last nine starts...finished second on the team in pancakes with 58...scored career-high 97 percent vs. Purdue in the home finale...named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week vs. Iowa, grading out 94 percent including a career-best 10 knockdowns...graded 97 percent vs. Eastern Michigan in the 2002 season opener, including six pancakes...played a season-high 29 minutes vs. Penn State...AS A SOPHOMORE: Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second year in a row...appeared in 10 games in 2001, including six starts at left guard, and played 236 minutes...sprained his left ankle vs. Minnesota and missed the next two games vs. Wisconsin and Michigan...graded out over 90 percent in seven games...recorded 38 pancakes, including a season-high six knockdowns vs. Notre Dame...played extremely well down the stretch, grading over 90 percent in each of the last three games while collecting 14 pancakes...scored 93 percent and posted five knockdowns vs. Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Football Classic...produced his top grade of the season vs. Missouri, scoring 95 percent with four pancakes...graded 94 percent vs. Minnesota, Iowa and Central Michigan...played 30-plus minutes in four games in 2001, including a career-high 38 minutes vs. Fresno State...made the switch from defensive tackle to offensive tackle during spring drills...AS A FRESHMAN: Named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team in 2000...saw action in the first nine games of the season and played 65.5 minutes...missed the last two games of the regular season after suffering a broken left fibula in his first career start vs. Ohio State...credited with 13 tackles (7 solos, 6 assists)...recorded a season-high five stops (4-1) vs. Illinois...played 10 or more minutes in three games, including a season-high 16.5 vs. Illinois...1999 SEASON: Granted a medical redshirt after a recurring shoulder and neck injury limited his playing availability...made his only game appearance of 1999 vs. Eastern Michigan and played four minutes...HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked as the state's No. 8 player according to Mick McCabe's Fab 50 in the Detroit Free Press...rated the state's No. 22 prospect on The Detroit News Blue Chip List...first-team Class A all-state selection by the Detroit Free Press...named to the Oakland County Dream Team by the Oakland Press...earned All-Metro honors from The Detroit News (first team) and Detroit Free Press (second team)...first-team All-North pick by both the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News...a three-year starter at offensive tackle for Coach Columbus Moore at Southfield-Lathrup High School in Lathrup Village, Mich....two-way starter also played defensive tackle...finished third on the team in tackles with 54 (40 solos, 14 assists) in 1998, including four sacks...son of Debra Tate...born Dec. 30, 1980...interned with the Ingham County Sheriff's Office in summer 2003...attended 2003 NCAA Leadership Conference, May 25-29, in Orlando, Fla....majoring in public policy studies.