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Terps kicker Brad Craddock named finalist for Lou Groza Award

Terps junior kicker Brad Craddock.
Terps junior kicker Brad Craddock. (Rich Barnes, USA Today Sports)

Maryland junior kicker Brad Craddock has been named a finalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented annually to the top kicker in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Australia native has converted all 17 of his field-goal attempts and is the only kicker in the FBS yet to miss a field goal.

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After making just 10 of his 16 field-goal attempts as a freshman in 2012, Craddock was successful on 84 percent of his kicks (21 of 25) as a sophomore last year and has converted 23 straight attempts dating back to last season.

Craddock hit a Maryland-record 57-yard field goal against Ohio State on Oct. 4, which stands as the second-longest field goal in the FBS this season. Craddock also lifted the Terps to a 20-19 win over Penn State on Nov. 1 with a go-ahead, 43-yard field goal during the final minute of the fourth quarter.

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Craddock is Maryland's first-ever finalist for the Lou Groza Award. The other two finalists are Florida State's Roberto Aguayo, who won the award last year, and West Virginia's Josh Lambert.

Aguayo is 21 of 23 on field goals, including 3 of 3 on attempts of 50 yards or longer. While Lambert is just 24 of 32 (75 percent), the sophomore is 4 of 5 on kicks of 50 yards or longer.

The winner will be announced live on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will air at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk at the Walk Disney World Resort.

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