Through all the long workouts and weight-room sessions of the summer, one thing has dominated Kenny Tate's mind: Maryland's season opener on Sept. 6 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium.
"Our main focus right now is Navy. We're working hard for camp, practice, workouts in the summer, everything is just for that one game," Tate said last week at Maryland's media day.
Navy finished the 2009 season with a 10-4 record, including a victory over Missouri in the Texas Bowl. The Midshipmen are led by quarterback Ricky Dobbs, a potential Heisman candidate who rushed for 27 touchdowns last season.
Tate said the Terps are aware of Dobbs' potential and have prepared for him in practices."He's a good player," Tate said. "We've watched film on him. He definitely can create havoc, so we're just doing everything we can. We've simulated him in practice, and done things that could possibly happen. We just simulate him to the best of our ability."
It's been two years since Tate, a highly touted prospect from DeMatha, switched to safety from wide receiver as a true freshman. With two seasons as a defensive back under his belt, Tate says he feels ready for this year.
"I definitely feel much confidence in myself and in the team," he said. "Everybody's comfortable and I've been playing [safety] for two years now. Everything's back."
-- Kaitlyn Carr