Terps Glad to Have Tate Back

After missing the first three games with an injury, Kenneth Tate is back on the field.

Staying healthy on the field for linebacker Kenneth Tate has been a problem for him in his career and when he injured his knee over the summer during training camp, concerns about his productivity after his return were raised.

Tate returned for Maryland's 31-21 loss to then-No. 8 West Virginia in Morgantown and made his presence known on the Terps' defense that is ranked eighth in the nation going into this weekend's matchup against Wake Forest. Tate finished the game with three solo tackles, one tackle for loss and four total tackles. He also had one pass breakup to add to his stat line.

"I thought he had a good presence for us in the West Virginia game,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “I thought he went in there and did a good job. You could see he was a little bit rusty, but just his presence and he made plays and did his job. There's a sense of calmness with everyone else when he's out there. When you have a guy that's very talented and very smart and has seen a lot of things, he can react to it and maintains his poise and composure.”

The Terps' defense is ranked 11th in rushing defense, giving up 83.5 yards per game on the ground. The Terrapins also boast the No. 18 pass defense in the nation, allowing opposing teams to gain 177.73 yards through the air per game. The Terps held West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to 338 passing yards, an impressive feat considering the No. 25 Baylor Bears let Smith throw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in the Mountaineers 70-63 shootout win against the Bears.

Maryland's coaching staff limited Tate's playing time against West Virginia and the plan is for Tate to ease back into the full-time starting linebacker position.

“The challenge for me going forward is that fine line of continuing to bring him along but also to make sure he doesn't get too much work and too many plays where it could hinder him for the next week,” Edsall said.

Tate was a consensus All-ACC pick but missed the past 11 games due to knee injuries. The Terps are happy he is back on the field and will look to him to help continue their dominance on defense.

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