After a strong sophomore season in 2013, Maryland kicker Brad Craddock is looking to build off that success.
On Wednesday, Craddock was named to the Lou Groza Award watch list for the second consecutive year. The award is given to the top kicker in college football. Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo won the award last season.
The semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 6, the finalists on Nov. 26, and the winner will be unveiled on Dec. 9 at an awards banquet.
In 2013, Craddock went an extremely impressive 21-of-25 (84 percent) on field goal attempts with his longest coming from 50 yards. He connected on 37-of-38 extra points and ended up netting 100 total points on the season. In seven of Maryland’s games, Craddock made multiple field goals.
Craddock tied for first in the ACC with 1.62 field goals per contest and fourth with his 84 percent clip.
Craddock was already named to college sports guru Phil Steele and Athlon Sports’ Preseason Big Ten watch lists as a specialist. If the Maryland kicker was in the Big Ten a season ago, he would have finished second in kicking. Only Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien had a better year as he connected on 23-of-25 field goals (92 percent).
The Australian kicker was a Lou Groza semifinalist a year ago and reaching that plateau once again wouldn’t be a huge surprise. Craddock has improved a ton during his career at Maryland, and appears set to have an even better one in 2014. He has completely let that N.C. State loss that we won’t bring up ever again fade into the background, and Maryland’s got a great kicker as a result.