Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:58 PM
Published on: Friday, November 16, 2012
By Brandy L. Simms
Maryland’s home game Saturday against nationally ranked Florida State marks the final appearance at Byrd Stadium for various seniors including Prince George’s County products Kevin Dorsey and Kenny Tate.
Dorsey, a Forestville Military Academy graduate, ranks first on the team in career receptions (78) and receiving yards (985). This year, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound wide receiver has caught 15 receptions for 208 yards and scored a touchdown.
“I know this year with the different guys that have been behind center for us he’s kind of been the one consistent force out there on the perimeter,” Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said. “Statistically it may not show, but he does a lot of the little things that you want out of a senior. I couldn’t be more proud of Kevin.”
Meanwhile, Tate, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker, has persevered on the field despite nagging injuries throughout his collegiate career. The DeMatha graduate spent much of the 2011 campaign sidelined with a knee injury but has registered 30 tackles in seven games this season.
“You know we know he’s not 100 percent, but he gives us 100 percent,” Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said. “We’re very proud of his effort, and respect what he’s done on the field for us. I don’t know how close to 100 percent he is, or how far away, that would be something he and the doctors would have to tell you. I really have to applaud his effort, just day in and day out wanting to be there with his teammates and giving us 100 percent on every down that he’s out there.”
A.J. Francis, Darin Drakeford and Joe Vellano are also among the 17 Maryland student-athletes who will be celebrating Senior Day in College Park.
“The seniors this year have been very good,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “I think that these guys have really done a good job of heeding the message of what this program is about and what we want to do here. They might not get all of the wins that they would have liked, but the one thing that I think they should feel good about and be proud of is that they have really laid the foundation for what this program is going to be about going forward.”