Two big storylines developed today as the embattled Maryland football program held spring practice.
First, and most importantly, Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall announced that Maryland’s best defensive player will, again, be playing out of position — Kenny Tate is back at Linebacker. Second, OL Nate Clarke will be moving to Defensive Tackle and A.J. Hendy will switch from Safety to Cornerback.
I have no idea how or why Kenny Tate is remaining at Linebacker. Tate struggled at Linebacker before going down for the year with injury. He clearly looked more comfortable at Safety where he could play in the box, or play the ball-hawk.
Via Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse):
“We’ve talked to Kenny and he knows that’s where he’s going to be. He’ll be in the meetings there. He likes it and understands that’s what’s best for him and that’s what’s best for us.”
It remains to be seen if this is what is best for the team. Alex Twine is listed as the starting SAM Linebacker, for now, until Tate returns from injury during summer. Twine really came on strong in the second half of the season and it’s a shame he will be relegated to the bench.
With the announcement earlier today that A.J. Hendy would be moving to Cornerback, I thought that was a sign that Tate was moving back to Safety, but that thought has been ruined. Hendy was moved to Cornerback due to a lack of depth, although now Safety looks perilously thin. Matt Robinson and Eric Franklin now look to have all but locked down the starting Safety positions.
Nathan Clarke will now compete with A.J. Francis, Darius Kilgo and Alex Walker at Nose Tackle. Hendy is now likely the nickel after Avery Graham transferred last week.
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