FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2008
Four Irish Named To CFN All-Freshman and All-Sophomore Teams
Rudolph named first team; Floyd and Robinson placed on second team; Tate
earns honorable mention
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Four Notre Dame football players were named to the
CollegeFootballNews.com All-Freshman and All-Sophomore teams, announced
Tight end Kyle Rudolph was named to the All-Freshman first team while wide
receiver Michael Floyd and offensive guard Trevor Robinson were named to the
All-Freshman second team. Wide receiver Golden Tate was a sophomore
honorable mention selection.
Rudolph started all 12 games and recorded 25 catches for 262 yards with two
touchdowns. He set the school record for most receptions and receiving yards
in a season by a tight end and became the first Irish freshman tight end to
start the season opener.
Floyd started nine of the 10 games he appeared in and established Irish
freshman receiving records with 46 receptions for 702 yards and seven
touchdowns. He has recorded four games with at least 100 receiving yards
and was able to accomplish such statistics despite missing all but three
plays in the final three games of the season.
Robinson has appeared in nine games and started three contests at right
guard for Chris Stewart. He became the fifth freshman to ever start on the
Notre Dame offensive line and has helped decrease the sacks allowed total
from 58 in 2007 to 20 in 2008, fewest in eight years.
Tate exploded onto the scene this season and leads the team with 52
receptions for 903 yards and seven receiving touchdowns as well as five
rushes for 37 yards and one touchdown. He ranks eighth on Notre Dame¹s
single-season list for most receiving yards and his 75.3 receiving yards per
game average is tied for 45th in the nation. Tate has started eight of the
12 games he¹s appeared.