All Spring I have listened to RR kind of tweak Tate in his interviews, hinting that he may not be as focused as he needs to be. Now Tate is given an uphill battle playing with the frosh WR's against the #1 D in the Spring Game.
Tate has indicated all along even as far back as his recruitment that he thrives on competition, the coaches know he has command of the playbook and solid mechanics so most of his improvement will come on the mental side. The Spring is more for fundamentals and individual work which Tate does not need as much of.
I think the coaches have taken this opportunity to showcase Denard and apply pressure to Tate. Thankfully, Denard has seemingly thrived with this opening.
This tact of putting Denard in against the 2's to increase his confidence and "demoting" Tate is a savvy move that I think will pay dividends for both come the fall.
I think the coaches know what they have in Tate and they plan on playing both in the fall depending on the circumstances with a 65/35 Tate split for the most part, so they used the Spring to make sure both guys were 100% focused the next 4 months....looks like mission accomplished.