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Maryland’s specialists will look to Adam Greene to lead the kicking game

Profiles in Terpage opens Specialist with the Terps senior starting kicker.

NCAA Football: Maryland at Central Florida Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on the safeties; this week, we’re looking at the special teams.

Adam Greene, K, No. 3

Height: 5’11
Weight: 193 lbs.
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Arnold, Maryland
High school: Broadneck

How he got to College Park

Greene is a two-time all-state honoree and the state of Maryland record holder for career field goals. He was a two-star commit from Broadneck, and the No. 35 kicker in the class of 2013.

Greene didn’t see game action until his redshirt sophomore season, when former Maryland kicker Brad Craddock was injured against Wisconsin. He went on to start the final three games of Maryland’s 2015 season and held it throughout last year.

Career highlight

Since taking the helm from Craddock, Greene is 48-of-49 on extra point attempts and 12-of-17 on field goal attempts, with his longest make coming from 37 yards out. Last season he shared kickoff opportunities with Danny Sutton, averaging around 58 yards over 24 kicks, two of which landed for touchbacks.

2017 prospectus

Greene heads into his final season as the incumbent starter, and, though coach DJ Durkin doesn’t shy away from competition, that is not expected to change. Unless sophomore Mike Shinsky shows he’s ready to take over a year early, Greene will be the Terps' main placekicker again this season. Greene has to prove he can kick it from a little deeper to help extend Maryland’s range of scoring opportunities and to become the main kickoff man.

Dream season

Greene comes into the season with a stronger leg, allowing himself more opportunities to see the field. He continues his excellence on extra points, and Durkin is able to trot him out with confidence if a drive stalls opposing territory. His increased strength helps him take the kickoff job, too and he has a strong season before handing the reins to Shinsky.

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