Maryland's Brad Craddock kicks a field goal with Caleb Rowe holding in the first quarter.
Maryland's Brad Craddock kicks a field goal with Caleb Rowe holding in the first quarter. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Last season, Maryland kicker Brad Craddock was almost perfect on his way to winning the Lou Groza Award, making all 44 of his extra point attempts and missing just once in 19 field goal tries.

While his 2015 season isn't off to as stellar of a start — he missed an extra point and a 28-yard field goal in Maryland's 50-21 win over Richmond — Craddock has improved the one area of his game he struggled with a year ago. The senior knocked eight of his 10 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks after achieving that task less than 40 percent of the time as a junior.


"I think any time that you can kick the ball out of the end zone where they don't get a chance to return it, you're doing a good thing," coach Randy Edsall said Sunday in his weekly teleconference. "They get the ball on the 25-yard line and people would have to drive 75 yards for a touchdown. I think any defensive coordinator would settle for that.

"I think that was the one thing Brad had to do to improve his game from a year ago, to be better with his kickoffs and that's something he worked on you could see. There was a little bit of wind yesterday and even the ones into the wind yesterday he got into the end zone."

Some other notes from Edsall's weekly teleconference:

>> The Terps came out of Saturday with "no injuries to report at all."

>> The depth chart will remain the same this week leading up to Maryland's game against Bowling Green. That means redshirt freshman Damian Prince, who started the season penciled in as the starting right tackle, will remain at second string behind senior Ryan Doyle. Redshirt sophomore Mike Minter, who made his first career start Saturday at left guard, is also expected to start again. Left tackle Michael Dunn, center Evan Mulrooney and right guard Andrew Zeller fill out the rest of the offensive line.

>> Offensive lineman Derwin Gray, who's been rehabbing a torn labrum he suffered in April, will return to practice this week, Edsall said. In August, he said Gray would be cleared for contact Sept. 10, but Edsall was told by medical staff Sunday that Gray was ready. Gray, a star at Friendship Collegiate in Washington, arrived in College Park in January 2014 but missed that spring with another shoulder injury before redshirting last fall.

>> Edsall said he had a chance to watch part of Bowling Green's 59-30 loss to Tennessee on Saturday night. The Terps host the Falcons this Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

"They're a good football team," Edsall said. "Very explosive on offense and play very, very hard. They're going to be a tremendous challenge for us and a tremendous opportunity."

>> Edsall awarded game balls to running back Brandon Ross (offense), middle linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. (defense) and cornerback Will Likely (special teams) for the Richmond game. Ross rushed for a career-high 150 yards, Carter recorded a career-high eight tackles in his first career start and Likely set a Big Ten record with 233 punt return yards.



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