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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Maryland Terrapins Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

August 7, 2015 - kicker Daniel Sutton transfers

"The Terrapins football team announced the addition of former Towson kicker Daniel Sutton on Friday afternoon. The Pennsylvania native will sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules, and will return for the 2016 season with three years of eligibility remaining. Sutton didn't see any action during his freshman year with the Tigers. A three-time All-Conference selection in high school, Sutton went 11-for-13 on field goal attempts." - The Diamondback

April 11, 2015 - Red-White spring game
"Aside from senior kicker Brad Craddock hitting a 50-yard field goal in the first half, Maryland’s kicking game was wildly inconsistent Saturday. Both Lee Shrader and Nicholas Pritchard struggled with the windy conditions in College Park (each kicked six times and had a combined three punts that landed inside the 20-yard line). Maryland also had a field goal blocked and another botched extra point late in the second half. Edsall noted that 2015 signee Nick Rubinowicz would compete for the starting punting role when he arrives this summer, but ultimately the team needs more consistent production at the position. 'I didn’t think that those guys got the ball turned over enough when we were kicking with the wind,' Edsall said of Shrader and Pritchard. 'Again, we’ll have another young man, Nick [Rubinowicz] coming in and competing. Again, all those things will be decided. I’m happy with spring in terms of how it went and what we were able to get accomplished'." - Washington Post

January 26, 2015 - punter Nick Rubinowicz commits
"Maryland has added another piece to their 2015 recruiting class, as punter Nick Rubinowicz committed to Maryland, Scout is reporting. The American Heritage School of Boca (Fla.) prospect announced he had been offered a scholarship by the Terrapins earlier Monday. Rubinowicz was also being targeted by Cal, Virginia Tech and Princeton. He was an all-state punter and AP scholar in high school, earning a 4.5 star rating as both a kicker and a punter from Kohl's Kicking. Maryland has the reigning Lou Groza Award winner returning at kicker, but punter is an open position. Three-year starter Nate Renfro chose to graduate early and leave the program, leaving the Terrapins with three potential options at the position. Lee Shrader walked on to the team last season and likely redshirted, while Maryland also added New Egypt (N.J.) prospect Nick Pritchard as a walk-on." - Testudo Times

December 15, 2014 - punter Nick Pritchard commits
"Nick Pritchard, New Egypt: Senior punted 39 times for a 34.9-yard average with nine punts inside the 20. Pritchard also converted 28 of 29 PAT kicks and 2 of 4 field goals with a long of 34." - Times of Trenton

November 1, 2014 - Brad Craddock kicks game winner over Penn State 
Maryland had the ball with 2:16 to play, and placekicker Brad Craddock had already begun kicking on the sidelines. Head down, he kept booting kick after kick into a Bow Net. At one point the netting pulled off the frame, but an equipment manager grabbed athletic tape to jerry-rig the contraption back into working order in a matter of seconds. Craddock didn't seem fazed. Right back to his routine, head down, boot to the ball. Minutes later, he ran on the field to kick a 43-yard field goal in the game's final minute as Maryland defeated Penn State, 20-19, at Beaver Stadium.... 'This year ... as soon as we get in 50 range I want to be on the field, I want it to come down to a kick,' he said. He laughed when he revealed after the game that he realized this game could come down to one of his kicks the night before in the team hotel. 'That's how we approach the game everyday,' Craddock said with a smile. 'I think when we were up — what was it? — 17-16 at one point, you just get that feeling. (Maryland's holder) came up to me ... and was like, 'It's us today.' I guess that was with six or seven minutes left, so you get ready.' Craddock has now converted 20 consecutive field goals, a streak that dates back to last season. The active FBS leader in consecutive field goals made and his school's record holder, his streak is the third longest in Big Ten history. If he can somehow hit five more in a row, he will set the league record, surpassing Ohio State's Mike Nugent (2001-02)." - York Daily Record 

October 20, 2014 - Nate Renfro to remain starting punter
"Coach Randy Edsall said he is not planning on changing punters despite junior Nate Renfro’s recent struggles. Renfro, whom Edsall has described as inconsistent since the spring, averaged just 32.2 yards on his final five punts against Ohio State on Oct. 4 and averaged only 37.8 yards on nine punts during the Terps’ win over Iowa on Saturday.... The only other two punters on Maryland’s roster are walk-on freshman Lee Shrader and senior Michael Tart, who averaged just 34 yards per punt on the only three punts of his Terps career. Maryland could use kicker Brad Craddock as a punter. But it does not seem like Edsall is considering doing that. 'Our job is to put the best guys out there,' Edsall said. 'The best guys are out there. We’ll continue to work with Nate to try to get him to be more consistent. Nate’s our best punter, and Nate’s the guy that’s out there and will be out there. We’ll continue to work with him and make him better'." - Baltimore Sun

October 4, 2014 - Brad Craddock kicks school record 57 yarder
Craddock kicked a 57 yard field goal in the first quarter of the eventual 52-24 loss to Ohio State. 
"Craddock was a popular topic of conversation, too. His record-breaking field goal vaulted him ahead of Nick Novak and Steve Mike-Miller, who shared the mark with 54-yard makes in 2003 and 1973, respectively. Craddock also set a Maryland record by making his 17th straight attempt, 11 of those coming this season. The Australian junior is a vastly different kicker than the one who clanked a game-winning 33-yard field goal try off the upright against North Carolina State two years ago. 'It's really different. It's just like a confidence, I guess,' Craddock said. 'I'm confident in my technique, which is the biggest thing, and I expect to do it, whereas a freshman I didn't have that. It's very different'." - Testudo Times

August 30, 2014 - season opener 
"Maryland Terrapins defeat JMU, 52-7 in home opener.... Maryland’s special teams was highlighted by kicker Brad Craddock. The native Australian connected on his only field goal attempt, a 49 yarder in the first half. He also recorded seven touchbacks on his nine kickoffs which allowed the Terps to keep the Dukes at bay." - The Baltimore Wire

August 21, 2014 - kicker Brad Craddock
"Unlike when Craddock was a rising sophomore, Matt Stover said Craddock knows what to look for on film and can break down and identify what went wrong on each of his missed kicks, which helps prevent repeated errors. 'He's gone from a guy that can just bang the ball to an actual technique, fundamental, solid kicker who can overcome a miss — a guy who can actually correct a mistake and execute the next one,' Stover said. 'Mentally, he's gotten stronger. Therefore, he's confident within his ability that when he approaches the ball, he knows he's done everything he can to make that kick.' Craddock missed eight kicks during preseason practice, but seven of the eight misses were on attempts from 50 yards or beyond, and he still finished a respectable 37 of 45 (82 percent). During one practice, Craddock made all five of his kicks, including one from 51 yards, despite torrential rain." - Carroll County Times

August 9, 2014 - kicker Brad Craddock
"Of the many training camp storylines, kicker Brad Craddock is one that stands out. Upon arriving in College Park two seasons ago, Craddock possessed little to no technical training in his craft. But over the last two years, he has developed into a consistent place-kicker enough to draw attention from the Lou Groza award committee, which named Craddock to the 2014 Lou Groza Watch List. The native of Adelaide, Australia, has worked extremely hard to reach this point and continued to train over the summer to fine tune his technique working with former Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover.... Craddock’s transformation has been so dramatic since arriving in College Park that head coach Randy Edsall believes it is something that should be commended. 'I don’t know if there’s a harder worker on our team in terms of working to prepare himself to be the best he can be,' said Edsall. 'You talk about the work he’s done on his own to make himself the kicker he is today is remarkable. You have to congratulate the young man. He’s one of those guys that is a student of the game and a student of kicking and the art of kicking. He’s improved tremendously since he first got here'." - Terrapins

May 18, 2014 - kicker Brad Craddock
"Craddock is the favorite to start this season.  Last season he worked with Matt Stover to improve his kicking.  Stover praised Craddock for his work ethic and talent.  If Craddock has carried that work ethic from 2013 over into 2014, we should see another step in the right direction.  His focus has been on extending his range and being automatic from within 45 yards." - Testudo Times

May 1, 2014 - kicker Adam Greene
"Barring injury, Brad Craddock will likely handle place-kicking duties for the Maryland football team next season after performing well in 2013. However, redshirt freshman Adam Greene showed this spring that he will challenge Craddock and has the ability to one day do the job. Greene earned praise from head coach Randy Edsall for the improvement he made during spring camp. The Broadneck High graduate flashed a strong, accurate leg while displaying more consistency. 'I definitely think I made a lot of progress this spring,' Greene said after the annual Red-White scrimmage. 'I’ve worked really hard on my technique and have made a few adjustments that have helped.' Green sat out the 2013 campaign as a redshirt and missed considerable practice time after suffering a strained quadriceps that sidelined him for seven weeks. In essence, spring practice provided an introduction to collegiate competition for the Arnold resident. 'It’s a huge transition from high school and it takes time to get acclimated,' Greene said. 'I’ve tried to watch and learn from Brad, who has helped me out a lot'.” - Capital Gazette

April 12, 2014 - spring game
"Backup kicker Adam Greene nailed a 35-yard field goal but finished short on a 54-yarder. Starter Brad Craddock hit a 30-yarder at the final buzzer. Neither kicker missed an extra point. Punter Nathan Renfro, who has been called out by Coach Randy Edsall for his inconsistencies this spring, booted six times for 211 (35.2 average) yards. One was downed inside the 5-yard line, though another one should have, but a Terps player let it squeak through his legs." - Washington Post

April 7, 2014 - spring kicking & snapping
"Kicker Brad Craddock didn’t attempt any field goals in the rain at Byrd Stadium, doing his work on the practice field away from the media, but Coach Randy Edsall addressed the rising junior’s progress. 'He missed one the other day,' Edsall said. 'I think we just got to get him consistent and we’ve got to get the operation down. Right now Christian Carpenter is our snapper but we’ve got another guy [Nate Adams] coming in. We’ll have to see how that works and take care of that. I was hoping he’d be a little more consistent this spring. He wasn’t as accurate as I expected him to be'.” - Washington Post

March 6, 2014 - punter Lee Shrader preferred walk-on
"Class of 2014 punter Lee Shrader reportedly will join the program as a preferred walk-on. The Warwick (Va.) senior was ranked the No. 11 punter in his class by Kohls Kicking." - Baltimore Sun

March 1, 2014 - Spring practice - Day 1
"Kicker Brad Craddock hit attempts from 18 yards, 27 yards, 33 yards and 46 yards. He missed from 39. Backup Adam Greene was successful from 19, 33, 39 and 46, but missed the 27-yarder." - Washington Post

February 3, 2014 - long snapper Nate Adams to sign
"He had been raised always to see things through until the end, so even as the blood and tears leaked down his cheeks, Nate Adams said he didn’t think about quitting. He was about to enter seventh grade, the youngest one at that Arizona gym, attending his first workout for long snappers because maybe, down the road, it could help get him a college scholarship. Twenty players were already busy practicing, paired up 10 across, their levels of experience ranging from high school to the NFL. So Adams took his place behind Nick Sundberg, who would go on to snap for the Washington Redskins, and Sundberg rocketed one between his legs, the first real snap Adams ever saw that close. It zoomed through his hands and struck him square in the face. Across the gym, his father, Phil, gasped...." - Washington Post 

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