|Height: 6.00||Born: Baytown, TX|
|Weight: 190||College: Iowa|
|Birthdate: 1984-10-08||Years: 6 CGY / 8 CFL|
|Status: Import||Games Played: 73|
Calgary signed Tate as a free agent on June 3, 2009. In 2007, he was signed by the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent. After his release, he joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was placed on the practice roster. He also spent the 2008 season with the Roughriders but did not see any action.
Tate started the first two games of the season before suffering a muscle strain in his right forearm. He dressed but did not play in games 3-11 and saw limited action in games 12-16. He played the second half of Game 17 against the Riders and also saw playing time in the final game of the season. In total he completed 59 passes in 87 attempts (67.8%) for 755 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He also ran the ball 20 times for 77 yards and three touchdowns. Tate played the second half of the Western Final and completed five of 11 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown and ran the ball twice for eight yards.
Tate began the season as the team’s starting quarterback and threw for 299 yards in a season-opening win over Montreal. He completed five of six passes for 64 yards and a touchdown to begin a Week 2 matchup with Toronto before dislocating his shoulder. He returned to the lineup in Week 14 as a backup before starting the final game of the season and the West semifinal. He broke a bone in his right forearm during the third quarter of the semifinal, ending his season. Tate finished the regular season with 46 completions on 63 attempts (73.0 per cent) for 570 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed the ball four times for 31 yards and a touchdown. His resilient performance and game-winning drive including a 68-yard touchdown in the final minute of the semifinal earned him recognition as the CFL offensive player of the week. He finished the game completing 22 of 36 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns and added two carries for eight yards.
Tate missed the first five games of the season due to injury. He returned in Week 6 and dressed for the final 13 games. Tate assumed the starting job for the final three games of the regular season as well as the West Divisional semifinal, a 33-19 loss to the host Edmonton Eskimos. Tate threw for 1,346 yards, completing 101 of 158 attempts, and eight touchdowns. Tate recorded a completion percentage better than 68 per-cent in three games in which he took the majority of the snaps. Tate added 44 carries for 149 yards and four rushing scores.
In his second season with the Stampeders, Tate dressed for all 18 regular-season games as well as the West final. Tate performed well as starter Henry Burris’ backup, completing 44 of 62 passes for a 71 per cent completion rate with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Tate was the first Stampeders player since 2004 to attempt more than 50 passes with no interceptions. He was often used in short-yardage situations, recording 189 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 36 carries. His 40-yard gain against Saskatchewan on July 24 was the longest run by a Calgary quarterback since 2001. Tate saw the most action in the regular-season finale against Winnipeg and completed 15 of 24 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, to go with 24 rushing yards on four carries. He threw for a touchdown in four straight contests from Aug. 7-Sept. 6 and recorded both a passing major and a rushing score in games on Aug. 15 and Aug. 27.
Tate was in uniform for all 18 regular-season and two playoff games. He was proficient in limited action, completing nine of 11 passes for 78 yards in two games. Tate saw the first game action of his professional career with his CFL debut on Oct. 12 at Montreal and completed five of six throws for 36 yards. He also played on Nov. 7 at Saskatchewan and made four completions on five attempts for 42 yards and also added a 20-yard run.
Tate spent the season on the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster.
Tate was a three-year starter at Iowa and spent a total of four seasons with the Hawkeyes. He ranks second in school history in career touchdown passes (61), completions (665), attempts (1,090) and passing yards (8,292) and third in wins by a starting quarterback (21). In his senior season, Tate ranked second in the Big Ten with 238.5 passing yards per game. At the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2005, Tate was involved in one of the most famous plays in Hawkeyes football history. On the final play of the game, he hit Warren Holloway for a 56-yard touchdown as Iowa upended Louisiana State 30-25.
Tate was a four-time first-team conference all-star at Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Tex. He established Texas high school records for pass completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. Tate originally committed to Texas A&M but opted for Iowa after the Aggies changed head coaches.