We’re hearing rumors that Maryland starting safety Kenny Tate could be academically ineligible for next season. These are just rumors, but if they’re true, this could have serious ramifications for both the Terps and Tate.
I have talked with Tate before, and he seems like a really good guy. I’m hoping this rumor isn’t true, not only because of the obvious implications for Maryland football, but also because I’d hate to see his promising future sidetracked by an issue such as this (or really, any issue). If it is true, I hope it serves as a wake up call to him, and that he’ll come back a stronger person for his senior year.
Tate has superstar abilities at free safety, and is a great complement to Antwine Perez is the secondary. The coaches expected a breakout year from him this season, and he helps make an otherwise average Terps’ secondary very good.
As for the Terps, if this is true, and again, they are just rumors, the two primary candidates to replace Tate as a starter this year would be redshirt freshman Travis Hawkins, a former four-star recruit, and sophomore Eric Franklin, who impressed in the spring game. A dark horse candidate is true freshman Matt Robinson, a huge (6’3″, 220) kid who has impressed coaches during camp with his hitting ability. However, the Terps’ already have a big hitter at safety in Perez, so they’ll probably look for a guy whose strong in coverage, making Franklin the probable favorite right now.
If any updates come out, like the story actually being confirmed, we’ll let you know.
UPDATE – It seems like these rumors were just simply that – rumors. With Tate on top of the depth chart during gameweek, it looks like he’ll be good to go this season, fantastic news for Terps fans.