The Washington Times - September 21, 2011, 08:33AM

Maryland coach Randy Edsall described senior linebacker Kenny Tate’s play over the first two games as “average.”

Tate probably wouldn’t disagree with that sentiment.

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“I feel like I didn’t play that well today,” Tate said after the Terrapins’ 37-31 loss to West Virginia on Saturday. “I definitely left some plays out on the field. I just have to step my game up. I can’t say it’s the position change or anything. It’s not that. I just have to work on my technique.”

That seems to echo Edsall’s thoughts Tuesday. Tate has 21 tackles (including one for loss), plus a sack and a forced fumble for the Terps (1-1), who play host to Temple on Saturday.

“I think he’s been average,” Edsall said. “I don’t mean that derogatory or anything like that. It’s just that there’s things he lost leverage out there a couple times, did some things that we would expect him to do better. Kenny has to understand he is 1/11th of the defense out there, that he doesn’t have to play and try to go and make plays. He has to try and go do his job.”

Edsall’s overall message was he felt Tate – like quarterback Danny O’Brien on offense at times – was trying to do too much at the expense of his basic responsibilities.

Whatever the issue, Tate is aiming to do more over the final 10 games of the regular season.

“They expect a lot out of me,” Tate said. “I feel like I didn’t produce that much today.”

Patrick Stevens