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By Jeff Barker | October 6, 2011
A surprise on Maryland's injury report: linebacker Kenny Tate is listed as doubtful for Georgia Tech. We don't know why yet. Tate had nine tackles and an interception against Towson last week. He's 11th in the ACC in tackles at 8.8 per game. His absence would be a blow to a defense already without linebacker Darin Drakeford and defensive lineman Andre Monroe, among others. Maryland started three first-year players on defense against Towson last week. Tate plays a hybrid position called "Star.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Kenny Tate's college football career enabled him to fulfill a dream, while all but ending another dream -- that of an NFL career. It doesn't seem like a favorable tradeoff.  Tate and countless other  top pro prospects  played college football for free, became injured and -- in their diminished states -- missed out on opportunities  to cash in on their talents  in the NFL. Make no mistake. Tate got what he wanted from the University of Maryland. The former All-ACC safety got to play on a big stage in which he could showcase his ample talents.
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By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2012
- Kenny Tate, who last season struggled away from the safety position where he became one of the ACC's best, will remain at linebacker next season, Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday. Tate, an all-ACC selection at safety in 2010, was moved to linebacker under then-defensive coordinator Todd Bradford before last season. Although Bradford has since been replaced by first-year coordinator Brian Stewart, Tate - who has sat out all of this spring with a knee injury - will remain at linebacker in Stewart's new 3-4 system.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
You remember Steve Suter. How could you not? The former Terps standout returned six punts for touchdowns in 2002 and 2003. But I'm guessing what you best remember is this -- he never called for a fair catch. That's a remarkable statistic when you consider that he has more career returns (121), more career yards (1,271) and more punt return touchdowns (the six) than any other Terps player. Suter said he believed it was better to fall forward for a yard or two -- often much more, of course -- than surrender by signaling a fair catch.
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By Matt Bracken | February 3, 2008
This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to signing day Wednesday. All answers are provided by the featured player. Name: Kenny Tate Born: May 15, 1990 Hometown: Forestville Nickname: "Six" Height: 6 feet 4 Weight: 215 pounds Position: Wide receiver High school: DeMatha Senior statistics: 32 receptions for 489 yards and six touchdowns Rankings: Rivals.com: Four stars, No. 23 wide receiver, No. 4 player in Maryland; Scout.com: Four stars, No. 16 wide receiver.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Kenny Tate's college football career enabled him to fulfill a dream, while all but ending another dream -- that of an NFL career. It doesn't seem like a favorable tradeoff.  Tate and countless other  top pro prospects  played college football for free, became injured and -- in their diminished states -- missed out on opportunities  to cash in on their talents  in the NFL. Make no mistake. Tate got what he wanted from the University of Maryland. The former All-ACC safety got to play on a big stage in which he could showcase his ample talents.
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July 20, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and intern Connor Letourneau -- co-sports editor of The Diamondback -- weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How did the Kevin Anderson-to-Stanford story get started, and has it really been put to rest? Jeff Barker: I don't know quite how it began. Was somebody trying to get Anderson in the mix for the Stanford athletic director position by floating his name like a trial balloon?
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2010
Last season, Kenny Tate was a 19-year-old sophomore safety who habitually ate two jelly sandwiches for good luck before games, a habit carried over from middle school. Tate — a former DeMatha receiver who is almost linebacker-sized at 6 feet 4, 220 pounds — was clearly promising but also a little raw. He struggled at times, and so did his Maryland teammates as they adjusted to the pressing, blitzing schemes of first-year defensive coordinator Don Brown. A year later, Brown believes his defense — and Tate in particular — is maturing.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2011
At 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds, Kenny Tate looks like a linebacker. Beginning with spring practices next week, Maryland's All-Atlantic Coast Conference safety from 2010 will do more than look the part — he'll play it, too. Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Friday that Tate is moving to "Star"— a hybrid linebacker-safety position in which he will essentially be an outside linebacker. The shift means that Tate, a solid NFL prospect, will have undergone position shifts under each of his head coaches before his college career is over.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2011
Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate, a preseason all-conference pick who starred at safety last season, will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season, coach Randy Edsall said Sunday. Edsall said Tate, a senior and team captain, will seek a medical redshirt to return in 2012. Following surgery, he will be out six to nine months, according to the school. Edsall would not disclose the nature of Tate's injury. "This is just something that he's had. He's just taken a hit in one of the games this year," the coach said.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Kenny Tate couldn't have known how fleeting it would be -- those heady weeks after his junior season of 2010 when the NFL beckoned and he made a fateful decision to postpone the career he long imagined and return to Maryland. It didn't surprise anybody that the NFL was interested. Not the scouts who projected the 6-foot-4, 218-pound safety as at least a second-round draft pick, one likening him to former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
Matt Robinson should be at the point in his Maryland career where everything is done on muscle memory. The former Atholton standout should also be at the point where his starting position is solidified. Had Robinson stayed healthy, and remained at safety, he might be at that point. But after missing large chunks of the past two seasons with injuries to both shoulders and his groin, Robinson is starting over as an outside linebacker. At least he's listed as a starter going into Monday night's first preseason practice in College Park, though Randy Edsall said earlier in the day during his news conference that the competition between Robinson and junior Alex Twine for one of the outside linebacker spots is among the most intense on the team.
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Peter Schmuck | November 17, 2012
COLLEGE PARK -- No one had any illusions about what was going to happen on Senior Day at Byrd Stadium. The Maryland Terrapins were undermanned and overmatched in Saturday's final home game against No. 10 Florida State, so the question was not whether the Seminoles would breeze through town on their way to next week's showdown with No. 7 Florida - they did - but how the Terps' disappointing season would be perceived after their third straight lopsided...
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
No, there are no moral victories in college football. It's a big-boy sport. But if you're a Terps fan and optimistic by nature, you saw some positive developments from Maryland today. I use the word “developments” because that's what you need to look for with this young Maryland team. *There was Perry Hills passing for 305 yards despite taking some savage hits. He was sacked five times. *There was Stefon Diggs., who had has first 100-plus receiving day with 113 yards on three catches.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Perry Hills lay motionless on the Milan Puskar Stadium turf after enduring a blind-side hit on a West Virginia blitz in the final moments of Saturday's first half. The Maryland quarterback stayed on his back for several minutes before being assisted to the sideline. But he was soon trotting back onto the field after missing only one play. Like Hills, Maryland kept absorbing blows Saturday from the No. 8 Mountaineers and kept getting up. But the Terps eventually fell victim to three turnovers, several big West Virginia scoring plays and too much Tavon Austin in a 31-21 loss to the Mountaineers before an announced crowd of 58,504.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
It's West Virginia week. Does it feel like a rivalry game, Terps fans? My story for tomorrow's paper talks about the West Virginia-Maryland series. I asked Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen about the rivalry, and he said it still matters. I think it's got everything a rivalry needs to foment a healthy, non-violent hatred. Of course, what it's lacking lately is balance. The Mountaineers have won the past six meetings. Maryland's last win came in the 2004 Gator Bowl.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Kenny Tate couldn't have known how fleeting it would be -- those heady weeks after his junior season of 2010 when the NFL beckoned and he made a fateful decision to postpone the career he long imagined and return to Maryland. It didn't surprise anybody that the NFL was interested. Not the scouts who projected the 6-foot-4, 218-pound safety as at least a second-round draft pick, one likening him to former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2011
At 6 feet 4, Kenny Tate was a formidable safety, towering over receivers and his defensive backfield teammates. With Tate's imposing size, it made sense for Maryland to shift the all-Atlantic Coast Conference player to linebacker where he can do what he does best - unsettle quarterbacks. But the offseason move - as well as the switch of linebacker David Mackall to defensive end - has other implications for Maryland's defense as well. The moves have opened up opportunities for increased roles for other players in the defensive backfield vacated by Tate - including an expected leadership role for second-year safety Matt Robinson . Switching players' positions is akin to changing the letters in a crossword puzzle.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
Heading into Saturday's game at Temple, Maryland's defense, which certainly looks like the team's strongest unit this season, will get back a couple players who had been injured. Defensive linemen Keith Bowers (knee) and Isaiah Ross (hamstring) will both return Saturday. Strong safety Matt Robinson (shoulder) had hoped to play, too, but coach Randy Edsall says he's not quite ready. Neither is linebacker Kenny Tate. “With each week that goes by, I think we're getting closer with Kenny,” Edsall said.
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August 31, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland  sports. Is Randy Edsall on the hot seat? Jeff Barker: I'm going to preface my response by saying that this is not my opinion. Rather, it's  something I've spoken to the athletic department about because it's obviously an important subject and you don't want to just be guessing. The best answer right now is that Maryland says he's not on the hot seat.
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