Posted by Chip Patterson
One of the toughest challenges for any team facing Georgia Tech this season will be managing the offense. Maryland already difficult challenge has gotten tougher with even more injuries piling up on the defensive side of the ball.
CBSSports.com's Dave Carey reports linebacker Darin Drakeford and defensive lineman Andre Monroe will both miss their second straight games with sprained ankles. Additionally, senior linebacker Kenny Tate is listed as doubtful for Saturday's contest in Atlanta. Tate transitioned from safety to linebacker, playing a hybrid "Star" position. His backup at the Star position is redshirt freshman Mario Rowson
The reason for Tate's possible absence is not known yet, but the loss of the All-ACC defensive back would be brutal for a challenge like the one Georgia Tech's high-powered offense presents. The play of the front seven is essential to managing, not stopping, the Yellow Jackets' rushing attack.
"Go back to when it was invented: This is an offense where you try to control it, but you don't flat out stop it," head coach Randy Edsall said of the Georgia Tech's option offense. "If you can keep them under about 300 yards rushing then you've done a pretty good job."
If Tate can't go on Saturday, the Terps will need some big-time play from underclassmen on the defensive side of the ball. The Yellow Jackets have only rushed under 300 yards in two games this season, but never less than 295.
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