Maryland kicker Brad Craddock has been something of a mystery to Terps fans in his first season.

Since he is a freshman, it was uncertain how much range the Australian had.

Craddock, who is still learning the American game, provided some answers about his leg strength against Wake Forest in Saturday's 19-14 win, although he was far from perfect in the contest.

He converted his career-long field goal, from 49 yards, in the first quarter. Later in the quarter, he topped that by making a 52-yarder. But he later missed a 47-yarder and an extra point.

"How did he miss the extra point?" Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. "That's something we've worked on and will continue to work on."

Asked earlier in the week about his range, he said he was comfortable from about 52 yards. Craddock won the job after senior Nick Ferrara was unable to kick because of a hip injury.

Craddock entered the game 2-for-4 on field goals this season, with his longest kick coming from 45 yards against Temple.

Wake Forest kicker Jimmy Newman missed from 42 and 44 yards in the first half.

Short-handed Demon Deacons

Just how depleted was Wake Forest entering Saturday's game against the Terps?

Wake Forest announced Friday that six players — including three defensive starters — were being suspended for rules violations. As a group, the six suspended players had been major contributors to the Demon Deacons.

Among those out was linebacker Mike Olson, who was Wake Forest's leading tackler and fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 8.8 tackles per game.

Also among the missing was safety Daniel Macks (5.4 tackles per game), running back Deandre Martin, who had 129 rushing yards against Army, and cornerback Merrill Noel, who started every game in 2011 and four of five this season.

The Demon Deacons were already without receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill), who was the conference's leading receiver until breaking his hand early in a loss to Duke last week.

Through Wake Forest's first five games, quarterback Tanner Price had targeted Campanaro 50 times — twice as much as any other receiver. Campanaro had 38 catches.

"A combination of injuries and being a little bit depleted didn't help us today," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said.

Renfro struggles with punts

Maryland punter Nate Renfro began the season with a stellar game — four kicks averaging 53 yards against William and Mary. But he has tailed off since that victory.

Against Wake Forest, Renfro's short kicks did not help Maryland win the field-position battles. He had seven kicks averaging 35.7 yards.

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