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Keeler: Drew Tate is the CFL’s ‘Fall Guy’

[ 3 ] October 5, 2010 |

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Move over, Peyton Hillis. You too, Ahmad Bradshaw.

There’s a new stud short-yardage back in pro football, and his name is … Drew Tate?

Yep. The same.

The former Hawkeye quarterback  — all 6-foot, 192 pounds of him — is building up a solid repute in the Canadian Football League as a goal-line specialist, apparently.

Tate’s scored four times on 3rd-and-goal situations for the CFL’s Calgary Stampede, according to this story from the Winnipeg Free Press:

Tate feels he’s had a real effect on the outcome of games by punching the ball in for four touchdowns on third-and-goal situations.

“It’s still six points,” the 27-year-old from Baytown, Texas, said. “Every little bit helps.”

Sounds a little like being the stunt double for a leading Hollywood actor. Calgary’s 35-year-old starter, Henry Burris, doesn’t seem to mind, either.

“He’s a young guy so his body is much fresher than mine,” Burris said with a smile. “He’s on top of what he needs to do. He stayed focused each and every week. He knows the game plan inside and out. I think it does save some hits on me, but it gets him in there and allows him to do some things.

“He has the skill set where we’re confident he can get in there and do whatever it takes as well as I could in a given situation.”

While Tate isn’t as powerful a runner as backs Joffrey Reynolds or Jon Cornish, the offensive line doesn’t make adjustments for Tate when he comes into the game. Left guard Steve Myddelton can’t recall too many times where Tate was stopped by the defence.

“The thing with Drew is when he comes in, it’s usually in a third and short situation,” Myddelton explained. “He comes into the huddle and now that he’s got a bunch of touchdowns this year, we all feel confident that he’s going to get the job done, so we get ready to hunker down, drive off the ball and get him in the end zone.

“He’s just got a nose for the end zone.”

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About Sean Keeler: Sean Keeler has been a sports columnist at The Des Moines Register since 2002. Got a story tip, comment, complaint? E-mail him at skeeler@dmreg.com. You can follow him on twitter at twitter.com/seankeeler or on Facebook at facebook.com/smkeeler. View author profile.

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