The Washington Times - March 24, 2009, 03:49PM

Let’s get one of the big spring questions out of the way.

Kenny Tate is staying at safety.

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The sophomore, who moved from wideout at the start of camp last August with the assurance he could go back after the season, is the backup at strong safety as Maryland’s spring practice begins.

“I called Kenny in and gave him the option to go back to offense,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “He’s remaining at safety. He had another good practice this morning. Right now we have [Jamari] McCollough starting at safety, and he’s a senior and has done a good job. We have three guys that have played at safety, with Terrell Skinner and Kenny and Jamari McCollough. That’s a position of strength.”

It’s a smart move all around, especially considering Maryland’s glut of wideouts. Antwine Perez is also back at free safety, giving the Terps a legitimate pair of options at both spots.

Plus, both Tate and Maryland already have a season invested in him as a safety, and starting the learning process again would probably be a hassle.

So that’s one piece of leftover business from last season that’s now taken care of.

Patrick Stevens