Toronto Argos hire former CFL QB Drew Tate as offensive assistant

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The Toronto Argonauts have hired former CFL quarterback Drew Tate as an offensive assistant, per sources.

The 39-year-old was the Saskatchewan Roughriders receivers coach for the 2023 season. Currents Argos’ head coach Ryan Dinwiddie spent one season (2016) as Tate’s position coach in Cowtown.

The Baytown, Texas native started his coaching career as a defensive analyst for Coastal Carolina University in 2018. He was the B.C. Lions quarterbacks coach in 2019. In 2020, he coached the running backs, receivers, and tight ends for the Alphas of The Spring League. He coached the quarterbacks at UT Martin in 2021 and tight ends at the University of Northern Iowa in 2022.

Tate played 147 career games over nine seasons in the three-down league with the Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Redblacks, and Riders. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 5,008 career yards with 35 touchdowns against 16 interceptions along with 162 carries for 629 yards and 24 touchdowns. The six-foot, 192-pound passer was part of two Grey Cup championship teams in 2007 and 2014.

Tate completed 61 percent of his passes for 8,292 yards with 61 touchdowns versus 34 interceptions during four seasons, three as a starter, at the University of Iowa. He joined the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted NFL free agent in 2007 and signed his first CFL contract following his release from the team.

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