The senior linebacker will have surgery this week and be out of action six to nine months.
“I recently had a chance to sit down with Coach Edsall, my family and the medical staff to discuss my options,” Tate said. “This is the best course of action to get healthy and get back on the field next season.”
Tate, a 2010 first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice, played in the first four games this season, but has been unable to see action in the last three.
“It’s certainly a blow to our team to lose a player and leader of Kenny’s caliber, but we want to do what’s in his best interest,” Edsall said. “Our medical staff determined that surgery was the best way to proceed so that’s what we’re going to do.”
The Forestville, Md., native will seek a medical redshirt in order to return in 2012. He has not utilized a redshirt season since enrolling at Maryland in 2008.
“I appreciate the support Coach Edsall and the staff has shown in a tough time,” Tate said. “I’m just looking forward to getting well so I can help the team next season and get my degree.”
Tate, one of four team captains, posted 35 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in his four starts at Star (outside linebacker) this season. He has 197 tackles, seven interceptions and five forced fumbles in 40 career games (21 starts at safety and linebacker).