Ben Tate Interview
By: Scott Porter
July 3, 2009
Scott Porter: What are your current measurements? Height? Weight? 40?
Ben Tate: 5'11", 217 lbs. and 4.45- 40

Scott Porter: What are your biggest strengths?
Ben Tate: My vision, my ability to break tackles, I make people miss, I don't go down easy. I can take a lot of hits, my pass blocking and catching the ball out of the backfield. I am multi-dimensional.

Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence?
Ben Tate: My biggest influence has been my father the entire time.

Scott Porter: What kind of a player and person is an NFL team getting in Ben Tate?
Ben Tate: They are getting a great player, a player who will do it all in every aspect of the game, running, catching, blocking, as well as a smart player who will work hard and has a great attitude and a great character. I will work to be the best I can be. I love to win and am very competitive. I love to compete and I hate to lose.

Scott Porter: Auburn has a long history of great running backs, how has running in the shadows of guys like Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown and Kenny Irons influenced you?
Ben Tate: I learned a lot from Kenny Irons. I watched a lot of film with him. I watched how Ronnie and Carnell hit the holes and picked up the blocking. I noticed how they did all the little things to make themselves better. I built my game around those guys. Every RB is different but I learned a lot from watching all of those guys.

Scott Porter: Is there a player in the NFL that reminds you of yourself or that you mold your game after?
Ben Tate: I always say every player is different, there is not player alike. When I look at film on Matt Forte I always think he reminds me of myself. He is very similar. I'd always like to be like LaDanian Tomlinson because I like his style.

Scott Porter: What advice would you give to an incoming Freshman entering college football?
Ben Tate: I'd tell them to work hard, study your playbook, believe in yourself no matter what anyone says about your always believe in yourself.

Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Ben Tate: Going out with my friends, playing video games, basketball. I like to joke around a lot.

Scott Porter: Did you have a favorite team and player growing up as a kid?
Ben Tate: My favorite player was Emmitt Smith. My favorite team now is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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