WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – University of Maryland junior place-kicker Brad Craddock has been named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List as announced Wednesday by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
The Groza Award is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker as determined by a voting panel of Division I head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the county, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous winners.
Craddock, a Groza semifinalist in 2013, connected on 84 percent (21-of-25) of his field goal attempts, which ranked 28th nationally and was the fourth-highest percentage in school history, and averaged 1.6 field goals per game, tied for the eighth-highest average in the country.
The native of Adelaide, Australia, ranks second in school history in career field goal percentage (75.6%) and ranks ninth in program history with 31 made field goals. For his career, Craddock ranks ninth among kickers in school history with 153 points scored.
The watch list highlights 30 of the top returning place-kickers in the country. The Palm Beach Sports Commission will announce its 20 semifinalists Thursday, Nov. 6, with the finalists set to be announced on Monday, Nov. 24. The award winner will be announcedThursday, Dec. 11 during the Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla.
For more information on the Lou Groza Award, visit lougrozaaward.com.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy, kicker Brad Craddock, linebacker Cole Farrand, defensive back William Likely, defensive back Dexter McDougle and punter Nate Renfro were among 67 student-athletes named to the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football team, announced Monday by the league.
Farrand, McDougle and Renfro were among 26 players who were all selected to the team for the second time. Craddock and Likley are first-time honorees.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. All 14 ACC schools were represented by at least two selections on the team. The ACC has selected an All-ACC Academic Football team every year since 1954.
Maryland’s six selections were tied for the second-most in the league. Farrand was also a third-team All-ACC selection, while Likely was one of 12 members of the All-ACC Academic Football Team to also earn Freshman All-America honors.
The team was chosen from a pool of 122 ACC football student-athletes who were nominated by their schools.
Kicking It Off:Maryland fell to 6-5 and 2-4 in the ACC with a 29-26 loss to Boston College following a game-winning field goal from 52 yards. The Eagles improved to 7-4 and 4-3 in the conference. Maryland is now 3-8 all-time against BC and are 1-5 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Terps for Two: Following a 74-yard touchdown for BC, linebacker Marcus Whitfield blocked the extra point and it was returned 98 yards by defensive back Anthony Nixon. It marked the first PAT blocked by the Terps since A.J. Francis got one against Georgia Tech on Nov. 3, 2012.
Quick Strike: Following a fumble recovery, Maryland’s ninth of the season, at the Boston College one-yard line, the Terps scored one play later when running back Albert Reid went over the top for his second touchdown of the season. It is the Terps’ 14th rushing touchdown of the season.
It’s Good: Place kicker Brad Craddock converted his 17th field goal of the season when he hit from 43 yards midway through the first quarter to tie the game, 3-3. Craddock’s 17th field goal is the most in a single season since Dan Ennis had 17 in 2005, and it is tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in school history. Craddock entered Saturday’s game averaging 1.60 field goals per game, the second-best average in the ACC.
Stingy Defense: After holding Virginia Tech to 4-for-16 (25%) on third downs, the Maryland defense held Boston College to 5-for-14 (36%). The Terps entered the contest ranked sixth in the ACC holding opponents to 33.3 percent on third downs.
Take a Shot: Quarterback C.J. Brown hit wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo on a 33-yard pass for a touchdown to put the Terps ahead 17-10 in the third quarter. It was Maryland’s fifth-longest passing touchdown of the season and a career-long reception for Etta-Tawo. It was Brown’s ninth touchdown pass of the season and the 16th of his career, which is tied for 17th in school history.
Offensive Notes: Brown completed 19 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown … also added a score on the ground, his ninth of the season and 14th rushing touchdown of his career, which is tied for the 19th-highest total in program history … running back Brandon Ross led the team with 44 yards on the ground … Etta-Tawo had a game-high 57 yards receiving on four receptions.
Defensive Notes: Defensive back Sean Davis recorded one interception, the second of his career … linebacker Alex Twine had a season high 10 tackles, which led the team … linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Marcus Whitfield each finished with a 0.5 sack and Whitfield also added a fumble recovery.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –Maryland place kicker Brad Craddock has been named one of the 20 semifinalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced on Monday.
Craddock is one of 15 new semifinalists joining four returnees from last season including 2012 award winner Cairo Santos of Tulane.
This season, Craddock has made 15-of-18 field goal attempts and is 14-of-15 from 49 yards or less. Craddock converted his season long of 50 yards against West Virginia on Sept. 21.
The sophomore is averaging 1.88 field goals per game, which ranks second in the ACC and ranks seventh among FBS schools.
Craddock has converted 83.3 percent of his field goal attempts, a mark that is currently the fourth highest for a single season in school history. In addition, his 15 made field goals are tied for the 15th-highest single-season total all-time at Maryland.
The Lou Groza Award is given to the nation’s top collegiate place kicker. Finalists will be announced on Nov. 25, and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on Dec. 10 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 12.
On the competition at right tackle and position battles:
“I think by the end of the weekend, we’ll be pretty much set with what we’re going to do there, and with the quarterback position as well. We’ve still got to decide how the safety position is going to play out. Really, those are the three positions. I thought Brad [Craddock] had a really good day today. He was really good last night when he kicked. I think he’s back in the groove. Adam Greene had a really strong day, but I think Brad’s the guy.”
On the No.2 quarterback position:
“I think you’re starting to see some separation there a little bit. I want to wait until after the scrimmage and see what goes on there. We still have practicetomorrow and the scrimmage. I think I’m closer to knowing who’s two, three and four, but again, I’m just going to let that play out on Saturday. They’re all three still fighting it out.
“It’s going to be who fits the offense best for us. We’ve got C.J. [Brown], and hopefully we won’t have to use a No. 2. That’s what my hope is. We’ve got to find who can be the best at running and throwing, just like C.J. C.J. can run the ball, C.J. can throw the ball and can give you a lot of different options in there you can do with him. He’s had a great camp.
“I want to find the next guy, if he has to come in, where we don’t have to change the game plan. I’m looking for the guy who can do both. That’s what we want out of our quarterbacks at Maryland. We want a guy who can throw the ball, but who can also make some plays with his legs as well.”
On Sal Conaboy separating himself at center
“Sal’s just played well. I think he took the bull by the horns. He got stronger over the summer. He’s really good with his checks and making the calls for the offensive line. I think he kind of separated himself from Evan [Mulrooney] based on the hard work, not that Even didn’t work hard, but Sal probably did a little bit more. He’s out here executing and doing the things that allowed him to be the starter.”
On the improvement of the defensive line and linebackers throughout camp:
“I think they’ve gotten better. They’re working hard. What they’ve got to do is understand that they’ve got to do a good job of executing the fundamentals and technique. We’re going to rotate probably six defensive linemen at least. I think one thing is that we have experience and depth at the linebacker position. Maybe the backups don’t have the experience, but they have athletic ability and can run. I think Cole’s [Farrand] doing a good job of being a leader out there and making calls. I think L.A. [Goree] has improved over what he was and I think Matt Robinson is playing well, real well. I think he’s separated himself. Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil, Marcus [Whitfield]… those two guys will play. It’s exciting because it’s nice to have a bunch of depth and a bunch of athletes that can run. We’ve got to keep them executing the techniques and doing the things we want them to do. Defensively, I think we’ve got some pretty good speed and some pretty good depth.”
On how he will handle backup quarterback reps in the scrimmage:
“I haven’t really sat down with the offensive staff and talked about that yet; just kind of taking it one day at a time. We’ll evaluate each practice to see where we kind of feel they stand and then tomorrow we’ll let them know how we’re going to try to handle it. You hope to try and get them all equal reps, but we’ll see how that all shakes out in terms of the evaluation of today and into Saturday.”
On Amba Etta:
“I thought he did some better things today. He kind of hit a wall during camp, but it was good to see him today. He’s got a tremendous opportunity there. We’ve moved Levern [Jacobs] over to X as well, to take a look at him there. Amba’s just got to keep working and being consistent.”
On Ryan Doyle:
“I think he’s gotten stronger. I think he’s better with his technique. He understands his assignments better and he’s playing a little more consistent than he has been so far.”
On Ricardo Young:
“I think Ricardo is a bit of his own worst enemy at times. He does some good things, but then he does some things you just kind of scratch your head I say, where did that come from. He’s athletic and can make something out of nothing. He’s got a good arm, but again, it’s the consistency factor.”
On Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle:
“Those two guys have been around. They’re savvy. They want to work. When you get a chance to go against Stefon [Diggs], Nigel [King] and Deon [Long], before he was out, and even Amba [Etta] and Levern [Jacobs], you’ve got pretty good competition. They’ve been solid. They’re good leaders and have been vocal on defense, and I think veterans should be. They should be vocal, they should be leaders and they should go out there and be productive, which both of those guys have been.”
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Which is partly because after being crowned “King of Football”, Geno Smith has gone missing. But it is much more because Kansas State’s Collin Klein picked up the scepter and RAN IT IN FOR FOUR TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST WVU.
Of course, the one he threw to Tyler Lockett was just the prettiest…
The Wildcats take over the “on pace for the BCS title game” role and Klein goes to the top of the Heisman list. West Virginia goes…
(His girlfriend is ESPN’s Samantha Steele. I guess this would have been more effective if you knew that in advance.)
Ponder was helped greatly in topping the Cards by RB Adrian Peterson who is might be? good again.
Also, Cards RB LaRod Stephens-Howling had over 100 yards and a TD, so that sound you here is EVERYONE switching William Powell for him in their leagues. That was the only good news for Arizona Sunday…well other than the news that they had surpassed Felix Baumgartner’s record for the longest freefall.
If you didn’t know this was a close game, the gifs would make you think this was a typical pathetic Jets effort in a blowout loss. There was Mark Sanchez kicking the ball out of the back of the endzone…
And Stephen Hill’s “what I had meant to do was…..” late in the 4th…
And then the game ended with a near perfect “Sanchez-ing”…
But before that there was actually a heck of a football game that featured two Gronk TD’s, including this one-which was awfully pretty…
Also, noted Drew Forrester mancrush Jim Nantz struggled at the end of this one…
Craddock named top Australian kicking prospect in class of 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. –Continuing an aggressive and exciting recruiting year, punter and place-kicker Brad Craddock has signed a financial-aid agreement to play for the University of Maryland, head football coach Randy Edsall announced Thursday.
Craddock, a native of Adelaide, Australia, was a four-sport athlete in high school and learned to punt playing Australian Rules football. He was rated as the top Australian kicking prospect in the class of 2012 by Chris Sailer Kicking.
Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall said, “Brad is an extremely talented kicker and punter with a very strong leg and excellent hangtime and distance with his kicks. We are excited that Brad has decided to come to the University of Maryland to continue his academic and athletic career. Having had experience with an Australian punter previously, I felt that Brad would be a great fit based on film and recommendations of our kicking and International contacts. We look forward to having Brad with us when our team reports to camp on August 5th.”
Craddock began playing Australian Rules football at age eight and also played soccer, tennis and ran track for his high school, Tabor Christian College. He spent the last year-and-a-half training with OzPunt, an Australian punting, kicking and holding academy.
He will have all four years of eligibility available at Maryland.