First, I am a Denard "True Believer". I must confess that last season I was an enthusiastic Tate fan and I believed that once a suitable back up arrived Denard would be an ideal slot receiver. Denard has shown that he is ideally suited to play QB in this offense and moving him would limit its effectiveness.
Here's why I suggest we might want to start Tate:
1 - To protect Denard - Since we are counting on him to lead us through the Big Ten season we may want to limit his wear and tear when we can.
2 - To prepare Tate - clearly Tate worked his way into the dog house over the summer, however it looks like this week he "embraced" his role on the team. Giving him some substantial playing time would better prepare him if Denard misses any time.
3 - To temper expectations for Denard - Denard has become the hottest thing in college football. Every week fans and foes are going to want to know what he's done. As Six Zero pointed out in another post, this puts a lot of pressure on Denard and a lot of people will root for him to fail. Postponing his next start won't eliminate the expectations but it will temper the hype a little.
4 - Demonstrate the effectiveness of the offense - It is being suggested that this offense is basic and only works because we caught "lightning in a bottle" with Denard. By showing the offense still dominates with Tate, recruits and fans will realize that this success won't go away when Denard does.
Obviously, Coach Rodriguez will do what he thinks is best. I just wondered what you all thought this suggestion.
Let the debate begin.