A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against Florida International on August 31. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Yaaaay, more back-up specialists!
Brendan Magistro, Sophomore, Kicker, #12
Twitter: It appears @OGMagisbro is no more. :(
Collegiate Stats: 1/1 field goals (a 28-yarder), 3/3 extra points.
High School Stats: 6/7 field goals with a long of 47 yards, 7/9 extra points.
Recruiting Ratings: Unranked
High School: C. Milton Wright
Hometown: Forest Hill, Md.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Brendan Magistro played soccer and lacrosse in high school, and was C. Milton Wright's starting kicker his senior year. He managed to nab first team all-county honors, first team all-conference honors, and played in two All-Star games (Crab Bowl and UCBAC). Out of high school, he was recruited by Virginia Tech, Franklin & Marshall and Wagner, but elected to walk-on to his hometown school.
With Nick Ferrara and Brad Craddock ahead of him on the depth chart, it seemed unlikely the freshman would play last season. Ferrara's season tragically ended before it started (hip injury), and when Craddock struggled from short range the Terps called on Magistro. The freshman only attempted four kicks - one of them a 28-yard field goal and three extra points - and was true on all four.
The 28-yard field goal, against Boston College.
Beating out Craddock and Michael Tart for the starting job.
On the pre-spring depth chart, Magistro is listed behind Tart and starter Craddock at the kicker position. That being said, it's hard to see a third-stringer on the roster that has a better chance of starting. Craddock had a rough season last year, thrust into the starting kicking job unexpectedly and hitting just 10 of his 16 attempts (and missing two extra point attempts), but he clearly has the strongest leg of the group and should have the upper hand. Tart is a converted punter, and it's surprising to see him above Magistro on the initial depth chart.
The chances of Magistro starting this year aren't great, but they could be a lot worse. He clearly has a mountain to climb, but with the inconsistencies of Craddock and the uncertainty of Tart, he could certainly find his way into some playing time with a strong spring and some good practice performances.
Our next player was rated the number one punter in his state when he was coming out of high school.
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