August 27, 2007

Kamara, Tate adjust to college game

Adjusting to the college passing game was not expected to be an overnight process for Duval Kamara and Golden Tate.

It's not that Kamara and Tate didn't know anything about being receivers upon their arrival at Notre Dame, particularly Kamara. He was the No. 1 prospect out of New Jersey (Hoboken) and the No. 6-rated wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com. He caught 125 passes for 2,696 yards during his prep career.

Tate rushed for more than 2,500 yards during his junior and senior seasons combined. But he also caught 66 passes in those two years, and began working with the Irish receivers upon his arrival in mid-June.

Yet Kamara comes from an old college football alignment seldom used today, and Tate is in the early stages of his transition to receiver.

"Coming in from a Wing-T team, I thought it would be kind of hard," said the 6-foot-4, 222-pound Kamara, referencing his prep days at Hoboken High School. "It was actually pretty easy for me. It was basically the same routes-posts and stops. It wasn't too much of an adjustment, other than the language is totally different.

Tate, an accomplished baseball player as well, generally was listed as an "athlete" coming out of high school because of his varied background as a defensive back and a punt/kick returner.

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