Maryland kicker Adam Greene tries to make most of 'giant opportunity' in replacing Brad Craddock

Adam Greene has big goals. The Maryland kicker plans on completing a master's program in finance after double majoring in finance and information systems. He wants to work on Wall Street.

This spring, though, Greene's focus is on something a little more immediate: replacing Lou Groza Award winner Brad Craddock, who played his last game in November, leaving a glaring hole in the special teams spot Craddock occupied for the better parts of four years.


"I really see it as a giant opportunity," Greene said Tuesday. "There's one way you can see it as a challenge because you're following up a guy who won a Lou Groza Award. … Being under him for the past three years and having a role model like him lets me know where I need to be every single day, and so that when I come out here and make the adjustments, I can be the best I can be."

In the final four games of last season, Greene went 3-for-5 on field goals and made all 11 of his extra-point attempts. He displayed his range by booting a 44-yarder in a 31-24 loss to Wisconsin on Nov. 7, but he also missed from 46 yards against the Badgers and from 29 yards in the season finale at Rutgers.

This spring, he's competing with Towson transfer Daniel Sutton for the main kicking duties, and the most prolific kicker in Maryland high school history — he made 27 field goals as a four-year starter at Broadneck — appears to have the inside track on replacing Craddock.

Greene, like Craddock, is a pupil of former Ravens kicker Matt Stover and has worked with the former All Pro since he was 12. The tips he's taken away from his lessons with Stover are similar to the ones that helped Craddock develop from a raw former Australian Rules Football player into the nation's top kicker. Greene, who said last fall he never got below an A in high school or so far in college, focuses on the details.

"We're here for a reason," Greene said. "It's just coming out and trusting in yourself, and each day you want to have a purpose to coming out and kick. It's very easy to get into the habit of coming down and just putting the ball down and kicking it through the uprights. When you do that, you start developing bad habits. [I'm] really emphasizing having a focus every single day."

While a rainstorm poured on College Park during Tuesday morning's practice, Greene and his fellow specialists kept kicking. When the Terps travel to Michigan and Nebraska in November, the conditions might not be ideal. So Greene is doing what he's always done in his Maryland career: focusing on the little things so that, when the future rolls around, he's ready for whatever it brings.

"In places like Penn State and Michigan, you get into the 30-degree temperatures," Greene said. "It might be raining. The conditions might not be the best. The past two weeks, it's been either windy or raining, and that's been a challenge, but that's how you become better. You have to make the most out of these opportunities."