Meet the Terps Defense: #26 Kenny Tate

College Park, MD. - TSR gets you acclimated with the 2012 Terps by taking a look at the defense.

Player: Kenny Tate

Hometown: Forestville, Md.

Class: Senior

Height & Weight: 6-foot-4, 220 pounds

Projected Position on Depth Chart: Starting linebacker

The rundown: Tate has been a solid defender for the Terps and has a tremendous amount of talent and skill but needs to be able to stay on the field. Last season, Tate started four games at linebacker before injuring his knee and ending his season. In those four games, Tate had 35 tackles, 20 unassisted tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two interceptions. His experience at safety allows for him to make better plays on the ball when in coverage.

Expectations for 2012: Tate will miss the season opener and possibly more games in the beginning of the season due to an injury suffered in training camp. In his place will be Alex Twine, a capable replacement. When Tate does return, he will be one of the starting middle linebackers and should be a force on defense making stops and helping out in the pass defense as well. Maryland head coach Randy Edsall ruled out any possibility of Tate playing any safety this season.

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