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The Maryland All-Randy Edsall team: Kicker

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As the offseason kicks into another gear, Testudo Times readers will be voting on the All-Randy Edsall team. All players who started multiple games under Randy Edsall (2011-14) at Maryland are eligible for consideration.

With offense and defense both completed, it's time to turn our attention to special teams. Two kickers have held the starting job under Randy Edsall -- one won the Lou Groza Award, and one didn't. I have a feeling this one's going to be a bit one-sided, but that's why we vote to find out.

Feel free to vote using whichever criteria you please. After we finish with each position, we'll post the results of the full team. Stats are only from the specific position during games played under Edsall.

Brad Craddock

Stats (3 seasons): 49/60 field goals made, 104/107 extra-points made,  46 touchbacks

A late addition to the 2012 recruiting class from Australia, Craddock had some struggles in his first season on short kicks and extra points, but it was clear the leg was there. After time spent with former Ravens kicker Matt Stover, that talent emerged. Craddock led the ACC in field goals per game in 2013, earning a Lou Groza semifinalist nod, and hit a 50-yard field goal against West Virginia.

Craddock truly blossomed in 2014, hitting 18 of 19 field goals and vaulting to the top of the program's all-time career field goal percentage leaderboard. He set a school record with a 57-yard field goal against Ohio State, and hit a game-winner against Penn State to secure the Terrapins' first-ever win in State College.

Nick Ferrara

Stats (1 season): 12/20 field goals made, 27/28 extra-points made, three touchbacks

Like most specialists on scholarship, Ferrara won a starting job as a freshman, serving as Maryland's kicker and occasional punter in 2009. He was also very good at it, earning freshman All-America status from the FWAA after making 18 of 25 field goals, with a long of 50, and all 26 of his extra point attempts. Ferrara then lost the starting kicking job to senior punter Travis Baltz in 2010, serving as the team's kickoff specialist.

Ferrara won back both the kicking and punting jobs in 2011 under Edsall. He made just 12 of 20 field goal attempts that year and averaged 39.5 yards per punt. Ferrara missed his senior season with a hip tendon injury, making way for Craddock and freshman Nate Renfro.