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Maryland Vs. West Virginia: Randy Edsall Optimistic That Kenny Tate Will Return Saturday

Maryland Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall said Thursday that he's optimistic senior linebacker Kenny Tate will be able to play in Saturday's non-conference match up with No. 8-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers (12 p.m. ET on FX). Tate has been recovering from a surgically repaired knee that was injured last season. The injury has kept him out of the Terrapins' first three games of the 2012-13 season.

"He's been good this week," Edsall told the media on Thursday. "Hopefully there won't be anything that comes out."

If Tate (6'4, 230 pounds) is to return, it would be a big boost to the Maryland defense, which is facing the nation's second-best passing offense (386 yards per game). Last season, Tate was the Terps' leading tackler (8.8 per game) before he suffered the season-ending knee injury. Tate was also a consensus preseason all-conference selection.

For more on Maryland football, visit the SB Nation blog Testudo Times, while The Smoking Musket has everything on West Virginia.