Randy Edsall and Frank Spaziani, the head coaches for the Maryland Terrapins and Boston College Eagles, respectively, are breathing a little easier after news that each would be getting back star players next year.
On Friday, the ACC announced its list of players granted medical redshirts. Four Maryland players were on the list, including outside linebacker Kenny Tate, a 2010 First Team all-conference pick. Five Boston College players were granted another season of eligibility, including the preseason ACC Offensive Player of the Year, running back Montel Harris and key defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey.
All three players were graded by NFLDraftScout.com heading into the season as possible top 100 selections in the 2012 draft.
The 6-4, 220 pound Tate earned his all-conference selection in 2010 while playing at free safety. When Edsall became head coach he asked the senior to make the move to the "Star" linebacker position. Tate took to the position quickly, registering 35 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss in just four games before a leg injury ended his season prematurely. Tate also intercepted two passes and forced a fumble in his brief 2011 season.
Harris, an instinctive 5-09, 216 pound back, was held out of the first three games of the season as he attempted to recover from a knee injury suffered in November of the previous season. He played in the next two, but wasn't able to finish against Wake Forest. Though he "only" rushed for 135 yards on the season, it was enough to put him at the top of school's all-time rusher list with 3,725 career yards.
The 6-3, 305 pound Ramsey suffered through a variety of injuries in 2011, missing time due to his back and shoulder, as well as the foot injury which ultimately cost him the season. Projected by some to enjoy the type of breakout senior season that helped BJ Raji and Ron Brace emerge as highly regarded prospects, Ramsey instead logged just two tackles on the season.
The injuries dropped all three players from NFLDraftScout.com's player rankings for the 2012 draft. A return to health, however, could make all three prospects factors for the class of 2013.