Tate was one of the stars of Maryland's defense last season, having earned preseason all-American before suffering a season-ending knee injury four games into the year. However, he was granted a medical redshirt that gave him a fifth year of playing time. Now, his career takes another setback. The 2010 all-conference player had shifted from a pure free safety role into a safety-linebacker hybrid role termed the Star, and was playing like one, averaging nearly nine tackles in his first four games with two interceptions on the season.
Maryland had been counting on Tate as one of the bright spots on a team that might have issues with fielding a full team. This comes just days after an injury to safety Matt Robinson who suffered another shoulder injury after a season-ending injury to his other shoulder cost him last season.