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Kenny Tate Wowing Friedgen

Freshman Kenny Tate’s stock continues to rise, and Tate should see more action this Saturday. Not only will Tate see action in the secondary on every third series to spell Jeff Allen, but Tate will play an important role on the punt return team. When EMU lines up for its rugby punt, Kenny will line up short and attempt to intercept the ball before it starts bouncing 30 yards down the field. Coach Ralph Friedgen said Tate is very good at receiving the ball, but he just has a comfort zone with Oquendo right now.

But Tate has really caught Friedgen’s eye with his play at safety. “He is really a phenomenal athlete and he really has tremendous hands. He made some plays the other day that were like, ‘Whoa,’ going up and catching the ball with one hand. He is a pretty good man-cover guy for a guy who is 6-3, 220 pounds. He plays on the slots, and Coach Franklin can’t find the slots because he covers them up so well. He is going to play more and more each week. He played two series last game. I think he is going to be really good, whether he goes back to wide receiver or stays at safety.

“Jeff [Allen] is playing well, but against MTSU Jeff played 75 plays. Secondary Coach [Kevin] Lempa is getting more and more confident with Kenny. He played very well in the Cal game. Coach Chris Cosh says he has to go in every third series, no matter what the situation is, and we will live with it. Kenny is one of the sharpest guys at making the calls, making the checks, which is not typical of a freshman in the secondary.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 19, 2008; 9:40 AM ET
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Thanks Eric for telling Eastern Michigan our game plan for returning kicks. Whoever let you in the locker room should get canned!

Posted by: donmac | September 19, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Yeah I am sure all their punters will now kick a regualr punt instead of a rugby style punt they have kicked for two years... YOU BLEW IT!!!

Posted by: Lee | September 19, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Give us a break donmac. This information is not only here, it is on the other sites as well. It is here and other places because Ralph put it out there. If you think Ralph was worried about EMU knowing about it, do you think he would have put it out there in the first place? Teams that rugby kick normally see a second returner playing short. Maybe you think the fact that Kenny will be the short man should have been a secret.

Posted by: Paco in Ajijic | September 19, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

DonMac you are more paranoid than George "Little Mac". FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | September 19, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

If Eastern Michigan's three punters prove to be the game's MVPs and the Eagles win, yes, I will take full responsibility for this one. I will take the fall on this one. I am still trying to find out about the mystery punter, the left-footed dude who changed his number!

Posted by: Eric Prisbell | September 19, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Kenny Tate representin'!

Posted by: Sam | September 19, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey Eric you never know. If Mississippi State had won Sayurday night their punter was the MVP for sure...

Posted by: Lee | September 19, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

If Tate is half as good as everyone seems to think it makes sense to me if I were the opposing coach not to kick it to him.

Maybe Ralph isn't concerned about it? I don't think he was too concerned about Middle Tennesse either? So please excuse my ignorance for trying not to expose our strategy to the opposing team!

Posted by: donmac | September 19, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

news flash for ya- Maryland football sucks!

Posted by: bill | September 19, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what the Terps game plan is. The main fact is that the Terps suck!

Posted by: GQ | September 19, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Bill and GQ

You guys seem to really like useing the word "suck"! How long have you been dating?

Posted by: donmac | September 19, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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