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Former DeMatha Star Earns ACC Player of the Week Honors

8:16 PM, Sep 7, 2010   |    comments
Maryland's Kenny Tate (6) stops Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs, center, at the goal line on fourth down during the second half of the game. Blocking for Dobbs are Navy players Vince Murray (47) and Andre Byrd (20). AP Photo
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (ACC)-Maryland defensive back, Kenny Tate earned ACC Player of the Week accolades for his outstanding performance in Maryland's 17-14 win over the Naval Academy on Monday.

The junior, 6-foot-4-inch free safety from Forestville, Md. made a number of key plays in Maryland's win. Not only did the former Dematha star notch a career-high 12 tackles, but he also forced a pair of fumbles.

None of his tackles was more important however, than the last one as Tate stopped Heisman candidate Ricky Dobbs on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 34 seconds left, allowing Maryland to hang on for a 17-14 win. One of Tate's forced fumbles also stopped a scoring drive. On the opening possession of the second half with Navy driving to tie the game, he knocked the ball free from Dobbs on a first-and-goal play from the 4 and Maryland's Ryan Donohue recovered.

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