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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Kenneth Tate
They lined up less than a half-hour before kickoff, 17 veteran Maryland football players who would soon play their final game at Byrd Stadium.
There is no second-guessing for Kenneth Tate, no reason to dwell on the great "what if?" of the safety-turned-linebacker's career at Maryland.
It is taking time for Maryland's offense to mature, longer than anyone in its football program would like. Fortunately for the Terrapins, the defense is already grown up.
On his second snap of his second senior season, Maryland linebacker Kenneth Tate brought down West Virginia's Tavon Austin for no gain.
"You never know what the future holds," said linebacker Kenneth Tate, who came the first Maryland player since Shawne Merriman in 2002 to have three sacks in a game. "Every team is on their high horse at one point in time and everything can be taken away at once. For us, we had a downslide but we just have to keep working at it every day."
"I'm perfectly fine," Tate said this week. "We go through things in life for a reason, and maybe it wasn't my time to go. Maybe I had some lessons I needed to learn which, at the next level, can happen. Change of coaches, injuries, all things that come in as a factor when you're talking about your job. I'm not happy with how the two seasons have gone, but the experience of it, yes, I'm very pleased with."