One house-keeping issue first: A school official approached me at Randy Edsall’s news conference today to say that the Maryland football coach’s name is not mentioned as part of the team’s formal pregame introduction as the Terrapins run out of the tunnel.

As for personnel matters, I asked Edsall if Kenny Tate will definitely play linebacker when and if he receives his medical hardship. Edsall said Tate would indeed return as a linebacker for a second straight season in 2012.

“That is what he is,” Edsall said. “I think that is his best position to play at the next level and that is his best position for us.”

Edsall said Tate is tentatively scheduled to undergo surgery for an undisclosed injury later this week. Edsall said some of Tate’s struggles during the four games in which he played could be attributed to the undisclosed injury. Edsall has also declined to say when Tate was injured.

A reporter asked quarterback Danny O’Brien what the future holds for him after this season. O’Brien, who is competing with C.J. Brown for the starting job Saturday against Boston College, said: “I have not even thought about that. I would be doing a disservice to my teammates if I was thinking about anything after the season or anything after BC, honestly. Right now, it’s about keeping the blinders on and trying to beat a good defense.”

Despite being benched in the second quarter of the Oct. 8 game at Georgia Tech, O’Brien said his confidence has never faltered.

Edsall said there is a possibility he could play both quarterbacks Saturday.

Edsall said that he has a lot of confidence in place kicker Nick Ferrara and that when he is kicking well there is “not a better punter in the country.”

Edsall also gave offensive coordinator Gary Crowton a ringing endorsement, saying “Gary is doing a good job and will continue to do a good job.”

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