Auburn's Ben Tate selected in second round of NFL Draft

AUBURN, AL - Auburn running back Ben Tate was selected in the second round by the Houston Texans during Day Two of the 2010 National Football League Draft.  Tate was the 58th pick overall and the sixth running back taken in the draft.

Tate is the first Auburn player to be drafted by the Houston Texans organization. He is the highest drafted Tiger running back since Kenny Irons was the 49th overall pick in 2007. In the last seven NFL Drafts, Auburn has totaled 13 player selected in the first or second round.

A Salisbury, Md. native, Tate is fifth all-time at Auburn with 3,321 rushing yards and tied for sixth in school history with 24 rushing touchdowns.

"It was very emotional," Tate said. "When I got the call from Houston, I was very excited and the emotions started running.  I'm just happy to be a Texan.  It's been a great, great experience and I want to thank everyone, including the Auburn fans for their support."

In 2009, Tate was an Associated Press second-team All-Southeastern Conference pick and was voted the Auburn Team MVP after rushing for

1,362 yards, which is the fourth-best single-season total in school history. Tate tallied seven 100-yard rushing games as a senior and scored 10 touchdowns.

The four-year letterman compiled 12 100-yard rushing games during his four year career. Tate rushed for a career-high 184 yards at Arkansas as a senior. As a sophomore, Tate rushed for 903 yards and eight touchdowns.

The NFL Draft concludes Saturday with Rounds 4-7.