News from Fayetteville is that senior tight end Austin Tate has broken his collarbone in an injury during practice last week. Depending on a number of factors, such as age, severity of the injury, bone health and others, a collar bone can take from 3-16 weeks to completely heal.
Information later surfaced that Tate suffered from a broken collarbone and will be out at least four weeks.
Razorback Nation spoke with Tight End Jeremy Sprinkle on Friday after practice, and Sprinkle confirming Tate’s injury by saying “It’s a tough loss for us, and we just feel bad, just got to move forward.”
Former Razorback assistant and current Auburn assistant Tim Horton tweeted the following message to Tate:
Thoughts and prayers are with @atater87 and family who is on the road to recovery from shoulder surgery. 1st class young man!!— Tim Horton (@CoachTimHorton) August 17, 2013
Austin Tate Bio
2012: Tate played in all 12 games with eight starts and caught 14 passes for 111 yards in addition to recording four tackles. He hauled in a career-high four receptions for a career-high 44 yards in the 24-7 victory at Auburn. He opened the season with one five-yard catch in a 49-24 win vs. Jacksonville State. He collected 21 receiving yards, including a career-long 19 yarder, on two catches vs. No. 1 Alabama. He grabbed one catch vs. Rutgers and in the 49-7 weather-shortened victory vs. Kentucky. He made three catches for 27 yards at South Carolina and recorded 10 yards on two receptions at Mississippi State. He also added one tackle vs. ULM, vs. Alabama, vs. Rutgers and at Texas A&M.
2011: He saw action in all 13 games and earned a start in the 38-14 win vs. No. 15 Auburn. He finished the season with seven receptions for 53 yards. He made one 10-yard reception in the season-opening 51-7 win vs. Missouri State and one five-yard reception the next week in a 52-3 victory vs. New Mexico. He caught two passes for five yards in his start vs. Auburn. The next week, he made one reception for nine yards in the 29-24 win at Ole Miss. He caught two passes for a season-high 24 yards, including a season-long 16 yarder, in the 44-17 victory vs. Mississippi State.
2010: He appeared in 12 games, missing only the Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. No. 6 Ohio State, with one start for the Razorbacks. He saw most of his action on special teams and returned one kickoff for six yards in Arkansas’ 31-7 win vs. ULM. Tate earned a start at tight end in UA’s 49-14 win vs. Vanderbilt.
2009: He redshirted and worked out with the practice squad.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a three-sport standout at Harrison High School where he was an all-state selection in football, basketball and baseball. Tate caught 35 passes for 470 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior year and had 67 tackles, one for a loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles as an outside linebacker. He also punted nine times for a 40-yard average. As a junior, he recorded 42 catches for 708 yards and had 12 touchdowns. Tate was named the No. 19 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com and the 26th by Scout.com. He was rated the fifth-highest prospect in the state on the HawgSports.com Natural 21 list. He was selected to play in the Arkansas High School all-star game. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him to the All-Northwest Arkansas team as a senior. He played football for coach Tom Tice. Tate grew up a Razorback fan and committed to Arkansas following his junior season.
PERSONAL: Born, Dec. 9, 1990, he is the son of Mike and Darlene Tate. He is majoring in agricultural business. He was named to the Athletic Director’s List for his work in the classroom in the fall of 2009. He was recognized on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as well as the Razorback Honor Roll in the fall of 2010 and 2012 and the Athletic Director’s List in the fall of 2011.