Brad Craddock arrived at Maryland from Australia in 2012 with no experience kicking at a competitive level. Three seasons later, he has been selected as the top kicker in college football.
The junior won the Lou Groza Award on Thursday night, given annually to the top kicker in the country.
"It is a fantastic honor for Brad to be the recipient of the Lou Groza Award," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a statement of Craddock, who signed with the Terps as a punter before switching to kicker in his freshman year because of an injury to Nick Ferrara. "His work ethic and competitiveness are unmatched and personify what all of our student-athletes should strive to achieve. To see him arrive at Maryland having never played football and transforming himself into the best kicker in the nation is something that is very special. This is a great honor and very well-deserved."
Craddock is the first Maryland player to win a national award since linebacker E.J. Henderson won the Chuck Bednarik Award and Butkus Award in 2002.
Craddock is 18-for-19 on field-goal attempts this season, hit a school-record 57-yard field goal against Ohio State on Oct. 4 and connected on a go-ahead 43-yard field goal during the final minute against Penn State on Nov. 1 to lift the Terps to a 20-19 victory.
His lone miss came on the final kick of the regular season, an attempt from 54 yards against Rutgers that would have tied the Nov. 29 game late.
Craddock edged fellow Lou Groza finalists Roberto Aguayo of Florida State and Josh Lambert of West Virginia.