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Friday, December 12, 2014

Maryland kicker Brad Craddock wins 2014 Lou Groza Award


University of Maryland kicker Brad Craddock was named the recipient of the 23rd Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award as announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.... Craddock earned the honor over fellow finalists Roberto Aguayo of Florida State, who won the award in 2013, and Josh Lambert of West Virginia.... Craddock has converted 18 of his 19 his field goals attempts and has made 11 field goals from 40-plus yards including a school-record 57-yard field goal against Ohio State on October 4. His conversion rate of 94.7 percent is a single-season school record and for his career he has made 81.7 percent of his kicks (49-60), which is also a program record. - Terrapins

“It is a fantastic honor for Brad to be the recipient of the Lou Groza Award,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a statement of Craddock, who signed with the Terps as a punter before switching to kicker in his freshman year because of an injury to Nick Ferrara. “His work ethic and competitiveness are unmatched and personify what all of our student-athletes should strive to achieve. To see him arrive at Maryland having never played football and transforming himself into the best kicker in the nation is something that is very special. This is a great honor and very well-deserved.” - Baltimore Sun

“I think, obviously, being here for three years, you understand what all these awards are and what they mean to get and how hard they are to get, so you know, it’s obviously just an honor to be standing down here,” Craddock said on a conference call from Orlando, where he was presented with the award as part of ESPN’s annual college football awards show. “Having my name called was just a blessing on top of all the other blessings I’ve achieved. I’m just really excited.” - Washington Times 

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