Maryland LB Kenny Tate out for the season

Maryland LB Kenny Tate out for the season
October 23, 2011, 9:54 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comMaryland senior linebacker Kenny Tate will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season, head coach Randy Edsall announced on Sunday.Edsall would not announce any specifics of the injury - believed to be to his right leg - or the surgery, which will be performed this week and keep Tate out of action six to nine months. Injuries have piled up across the roster, especially on the defensive side.The 2010 All-ACC selection last season sat out the last three games, all losses suffered by the Terps (2-5, 1-3 ACC) against division foes. It was very obvious to me a couple weeks ago after seeing something I saw on film and watched in practice that Kenny wasnt able to go and perform the way he should perform, Edsall said Sunday. I was not going to put the young man on the field just to win a game.Tateplayed in the first four games this season and will seek a medical redshirt with the hopes of returning to play for Maryland in 2012. The Forestville, Md. native, who entered the program in 2008, has not used a redshirt season.I recently had a chance to sit down with Coach Edsall, my family and the medical staff to discuss my options, Tate said in a statement released by the school. This is the best course of action to get healthy and get back on the field next season.One of the Terps four team captains, Tate produced 35 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble, all while making the transition from safetyto the Star outside linebacker role. In 40 career games - 21 starts Tatehas 197 tackles, seven interceptions and five forced fumbles.With Tate and other veterans sidelined with injuries, the Terps have started two and three freshmen at linebacker at times this season. Redshirt freshman Mario Rowson replaced Tate in the lineup.Its certainly a blow to our team to lose a player and leader of Kennys caliber, but we want to do whats in his best interest, Edsall said. Our medical staff determined that surgery was the best way to proceed so thats what were going to do.NotesEdsall said his choice of quarterbacks for this weeks game against Boston College would be a game-time decision. Starting his second consecutive game, C.J. Brown was ineffective against Florida State and did not return after suffering a blow to the helmet. Danny OBrien, the starter for the first five games this season, replaced Brown and led the Terps to their only two touchdown-ending drives.