A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we continue moving through the special teams unit.
Nathan Renfro, Freshman (RS), Punter, #18
Major: Not listed
Collegiate Stats: N/A
High School Stats: 27 punts for a 39.0 average with ten inside the 20, 4/7 on field goals with a long of 42
Recruiting Ratings: Two stars by Rivals, five stars by Chris Sailer punting, who had him as the sixth-best punter in the country
High School: Brentwood Academy
Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Renfro was a stud at Brentwood Academy, playing kicker, punter, defensive tackle, defensive end, outside linebacker, tight end, wide receiver and fullback for the Tennessee school. He was a Signing Day addition to the 2012 class after originally committing as a preferred walk-on to Florida State. With Travis Baltz graduating and Nick Ferrara's injury concerns, Maryland was more than willing to offer him a scholarship, which he accepted. Renfro was also being recruited by Northwestern, Harvard, and Central Michigan.
Nathan "The Brentwood Boomer" Renfro
Entering this spring with a good shot at being the starting punter.
Committing to FSU.
Renfro starts at punter, making the All-ACC freshman team and having a solid season.
Renfro rides the bench all year as Ferrara takes control of both kicking and punting duties.
Renfro came in to last season with a chance to play right away, and that didn't pan out, with Nick Ferrara doing everything kicking-related. There's very little reason to think that will change this year, besides the apparent injury Ferrara has suffered - an injury that has placed Renfro as the starting punter for this spring. It's possible that he impresses the coaching staff enough this spring that they give him the starting job over Ferrara in the fall, but I certainly wouldn't bet on it.
Our next player is second, behind Nick Novak, for points scored by a Maryland freshman.