Maryland’s Kenny Tate hopes to make most of senior season

August 17, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

As one of four captains named by Maryland football head coach Randy Edsall, DeMatha product Kenny Tate has a lot on his plate.

The former high-school receiver turned safety is now making the transition to linebacker just in time for his senior season. He’s also been named by Edsall as one of the leaders of the team, set with the responsibility of guiding his teammates through an important transition.

Out with Ralph Friedgen. In with Randy Edsall.

What does Kenny Tate think of his new leader?

“Coach Edsall is a good guy,” Tate said. “He led his team to the Fiesta Bowl last year. He’s a proven winner. He’s probably one of the best coaches that could lead us to glory.”

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Under Edsall, Tate will look to make the most of his senior season. On September 5th against Miami, he will be playing his final home opener at Byrd Stadium.

I asked him if the upcoming matchup against Miami meant more to him than just any regular game.

“It means a little more to me just because it’s my last time playing,” Tate said. “Every game at Byrd is going to be a reminder of the great fans and tradition here at Maryland. That’s the added hype for me. Every game you play you have to take one at a time and that’s how we have to think.”

Some expect the Terps to seriously contend for an ACC Championship. Others expect them to end up with a similar record to last season’s squad. What does Tate feel is the ultimate goal for these 2011 Terrapins?

“Play as hard as we can every game, and leave everything on the line,” Tate said. “We’re really out here just to have fun. Everybody wants to win, and that’s the main goal, but I just want to have fun this season.”