The Florida State Seminoles are not having the season they envisioned before things kicked off Labor Day weekend in Atlanta.
What started with National championship aspersions, now is looking like a team that could end up with 5 or more loses.
While the team as a whole hasn’t played to their standards, one player has stood out on a sluggish offense. And, if you a Nole fan struggling for a reason to watch the rest of the season, this big-play target could be that one.
Wide receiver Auden Tate has been the biggest play-maker for FSU without a doubt. Tate has caught four of the five Noles touchdown passes this season, and has been new QB James Blackman’s go-to target.
With 16 receptions for 282 yards, Tate is averaging a robust 17.6 yards per catch, which is currently leading the ACC. All the while he has been playing with a hurt shoulder he suffered vs. NC State.
Tate is also a big game player, vs AP Top 25 opponents he has 5 catches for 97 yards and 2 scores. To go along with a 19.4 yards per reception average in those games.
With his recent play, Tate has his name among some of the top draft-eligible wide receivers in a class that relatively isn’t too deep at the position. At 6-5 and 225 pounds, he has the size and the frame to be a great red zone target.
He can also be a deep play threat that he has already shown this season. In the closing moments of the Wake Forest road game, he caught the game winning 40 yard TD in the 26-19 victory.
The FSU season may be dragging on for the devoted fan base, but there are still games to be played and plenty to play for.
And, players like Auden Tate will be playing to not only help the Noles, but improve their chances of getting drafted as high as possible. All while looking to shift the momentum for the 2017 team into 2018.