Maryland's football season starts in 62 days. Until then, we're doing a player-by-player preview of the entire roster.
Nicolas Pritchard, punter
Weight: 220 pounds
High school: New Egypt (N.J.)
Jersey number: 95
Nicholas Rubinowicz, punter
Year: Redshirt freshman by eligibility
Weight: 216 pounds
High school: American Heritage school (Fla.)
Jersey number: 16
Lee Shrader, punter
Year: Redshirt sophomore
Weight: 215 pounds
High school: Warwick (Va.)
Jersey number: 38
How they got to College Park
Punters normally get rosters as walk-ons, with some teams devoting a scholarship or two to the position. These players got to Maryland via both routes.
Rubinowicz was part of Maryland’s 2015 class and signed a National Letter of Intent, and it appears he’s on scholarship. Pritchard walked on in 2014 and then started last season. Shrader was a preferred walk-on, and he chose Maryland in part because of then-special teams coordinator Andre Powell.
Some career highlights so far
Aussie freshman Wade Lees looks very much the favorite to start, so Pritchard, Rubinowicz and Shrader will need to perform well to get a shot in games.
What a dream season would look like
For any of these players, claiming the starting job would be a success.
The next player in the series...
... plays defense and came to Maryland from a state the Terps don’t usually recruit well.