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#6 Kenny Tate
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Forestville, Md.
High School: DeMatha HS
A highly-regarded fifth-year player who was up for a number of national honors last season before missing most of the year with a knee injury ... moved from free safety to Star, a hybrid outside linebacker/safety position, prior to spring practice in 2011 ... expected to play Sam linebacker in 2012 ... missed spring practice while recovering from offseason surgery ... a preseason All-ACC choice ... first team all-league selection by USA Today, second team by Athlon and third team by Phil Steele ... a 2010 consensus first team All-ACC choice ... one of four team captains (also Andrew Gonnella, Davin Meggett and Joe Vellano) in 2011 ... moved from wide receiver to defensive back as a freshman ... ranks second on the team and fifth in the ACC on the active career tackles list (197) ... first on the team and tied for fourth in the league on the active career interceptions chart (7) ... had started the previous 17 games before being sidelined for the Georgia Tech game (10/8) and missing the rest of the year ... earned a medical redshirt.

As a Senior (2011): Started four games at Star and averaged 8.8 tackles per game before suffering a season-ending knee injury ... recorded two interceptions in four games ... on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronco Nagurski Trophy, Lott Trophy and Butkus Award ... a consensus preseason all-conference choice ... a first team pick by Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele (as a safety) and Sporting News ... also first team preseason All-America choice by Phil Steele, though listed as a safety ... recorded 11 stops against Miami (9/5) and also had an interception late in the fourth quarter that sealed the win ... made 10 tackles, recorded one tackle for loss and forced a fumble against West Virginia (9/17) ... had five tackles vs. Temple (9/24) ... had nine tackles, a half tackle for loss and one interception that set up a Maryland TD against Towson (10/1).

As a Junior (2010): A first team All-ACC choice by ACSMA ... also picked for the first team by Rivals.com, College Football News and Phil Steele ... a second team All-America choice by Colllege Football News ... a member of the Bronco Nagurski Trophy watch list ... started at free safety in all 13 games ... owned the team lead in solo tackles (58) and second in tackles (100) ... became the first Maryland DB to reach 100 tackles since Tony Jackson (101) in 2000 ... had at least six tackles in all but one game ... ranked seventh in the ACC and t-95th nationally in tackles (7.7 per game) ... second-leading tackler in the ACC among DBs ... tied for third in the ACC in solo tackles (4.6 pg) ... led the ACC with four forced fumbles, the most by a Terp since Milton Harris had four in 2005 ... 0.31 forced fumbles per-game average ranked tied for 15th in the FBS ... recorded career highs in tackles (12) and forced fumbles (2) against Navy (9/6) ... also posted nine solo stops and had the tackle on the Midshipmen's final play, a fourth-and-goal attempt from the 1-yard line which would have won the game ... earned FWAA/Nagurski National Defensive Player of Week, as well as the Jim Thorpe Award DB of the Week award ... added to the Nagurski watch list for his efforts ... also earned ACC Defensive Back of Week for his play ... had three stops in limited action vs. Morgan State (9/11) ... had seven tackles and his third career interception vs. WVU (9/18) ... returned a Jock Sanders pick a career-high 53 yards ... had 10 tackles, the third-highest total of his career, vs. FIU (9/25) ... led the team with nine tackles against Duke (10/2), while setting career highs in sacks (1.5) and tackles for loss (2.5) ... also forced a fumble and had a pass breakup vs. the Blue Devils ... tied for a game-high with nine stops, including 0.5 TFL, against Clemson (10/16) ... helped hold Clemson QB Kyle Parker to 7 of 20 passing while the Tigers posted just 119 passing yards ... tied with Alex Wujciak for a team-high eight tackles against Boston College (10/23) ... also recorded a sack for an 11-yard loss and forced a fumble that Maryland recovered ... had a team-high seven tackles, including one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss, and one PBU against Wake Forest (10/30) ... returned an interception 8 yards for a touchdown against the Demon Deacons, the first score of his career ... matched a career high with 12 tackles, including a career-best 11 solo stops, vs. Miami ... also broke up one pass vs. the Hurricanes ... had six tackles, including 0.5 TFL, and one PBU vs. Virginia (11/13) ... posted seven tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss, vs. FSU (11/20/10) ... also had an interception (third of the season), which he returned 20 yards, vs. the Seminoles ... posted six tackles against NC State (11/27) ... posted six tackles, along with a PBU and a fumble recovery vs. East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29) ... a preseason All-ACC selection ... a third team all-league choice by Phil Steele's Preview.

As a Sophomore (2009): Played in the first 10 games at strong safety and on special teams, making four starts ... missed the final two games with a badly sprained ankle ... still managed to rank seventh on the team in tackles (47) ... earned his first-career start vs. James Madison (9/12), totaling a then career-high seven tackles and four solo stops ... chipped in six tackles, including four solo stops and 0.5 sacks, vs. MTSU (9/19) ... made his first PBU of the season against Rutgers (9/26), and also contributed four tackles ... made the first solo sack of his career against Clemson (10/3), dropping QB Kyle Parker for a 13-yard loss ... had six stops, including four solos, vs. Virginia (10/17) ... one of three safeties to start vs. Duke (10/24) ... had six tackles, including four solos, and one PBU vs. the Blue Devils ... totaled a season-high eight tackles against NC State (11/7), including one TFL ... also made his first interception of the season and returned it 27 yards ... made one tackle, but on the field for seven plays vs. Virginia Tech (11/14) after suffering a sprained ankle, causing him to miss the Florida State (11/21) and BC (11/28) games.

As a Freshman (2008): Played in all 13 games as a reserve safety and on special teams ... one of four true freshmen to see action this season (also Cameron Chism, Matt Furstenburg and Davin Meggett) ... made his Maryland debut vs. Delaware (8/30) ... notched one assisted tackle apiece against the Blue Hens and MTSU (9/6) ... tallied two tackles (both solo) vs. Cal (9/13) ... had a season-high three tackles against Eastern Michigan (9/20) ... had a solo stop vs. Clemson (9/27) ... had two solo stops vs. Virginia (10/4) ... had two solo stops and his first career PBU vs. Wake Forest (10/18) ... returned two kickoffs for 20 yards vs. FSU (11/22) ... had one stop vs. BC (11/29) ... had two tackles and his first career interception in the win over Nevada in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl (12/30) ... picked off Chris Kaepernick in the end zone in the opening quarter to thwart a scoring drive.

At DeMatha High School: One of the most talented performers in the nation ... a four-star player ... a member of the ESPN 150 ... the 132nd-ranked prospect in the nation by ESPN.com ... the 16th-ranked receiver prospect in the nation by Scout.com ... also ranked No. 19 nationally among WRs by Scouts, Inc. ... ranked 23rd nationally among receivers by Rivals.com ... the fourth best prospect in the state of Maryland by that outlet and ranked third in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep ... the 100th ranked overall prospect in the nation according to PrepStar ... four-year letterman and three-year starter for a deep and talented squad ... three-time consensus all-state selection by the Associated Press and an All-Metro pick by the Washington Post ... caught 32 passes for 489 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... recorded 48 tackles and four interceptions on defense in 2007 ... totaled over 300 yards both in rushing and receiving his junior season with seven total touchdowns ... also added a kickoff return for a touchdown and two scores on punt returns that year ... rushed for seven TDs and caught four more as a sophomore in 2005 ... turned down over 100 scholarship offers to attend Maryland ... also considered Illinois, Penn State, Florida, Ohio State and Michigan ... coached by Bill McGregor.

Personal: Parents are Michelle and Kenneth Fields ... has a younger brother, Christian ... an American studies major.

Tate's Career Statistics
DefenseG-GSUTATTTTFLSacksFCFRPBUInt
2008 13-0105150.0-00.0-00011-0
2009 10-42621473.5-251.5-180021-27
2010 13-1358421008.5-433.5-304143-81
20114-42015351.5-51.5-51002-13

Total40-211148319713.5-735.0-185177-121

ReturnsG-GSKORYdsAvgTDPRYdsAvgTD
2008 13-068414.00000.00
2009 10-4000.006437.20
201013-13000.00000.00
20114-4000.000430.00

Total40-2168414.006437.20

Career Highs
Tackles - 12 (twice: vs. Miami, 11/6/10; vs. Navy, 9/6/10)
Solo Tackles - 11 (vs. Miami, 11/6/10)
TFL - 2.5 (vs. Duke, 10/2/10)
Sacks - 1.5 (vs. Duke, 10/2/10)
Forced Fumbles - 2 (vs. Navy, 9/6/10)
Interceptions - 1 (seven times: vs. Towson, 10/1/11; vs. Miami, 9/5/11; vs. FSU, 11/20/10; vs. Wake Forest, 10/30/10; vs. West Virginia, 9/18/10; vs. N.C. State, 11/21/09; vs. Nevada, 12/30/08)
Interception Return - 53 yards (vs. WVU, 9/18/10)
PBU - 1 (seven times: last vs. East Carolina, 12/29/10)
Punt Returns - 3 (vs. Cal, 09/5/09)
Punt Return Yards - 28 (vs. Cal, 09/5/09)
Long Punt Return - 18 yards (vs. Cal, 09/5/09)
Kickoff Returns - 2 (vs. FSU, 11/22/08),
Kickoff Return Yards - 20 (vs. FSU, 11/22/08),
Long Kickoff Return - 17 yards (twice: vs. Nevada, 12/30/08; vs. UNC, 11/15/08)


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