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It's not all bad for Maryland 'human' Brad Craddock


It's not all bad for Maryland 'human' Brad Craddock

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland kicker Brad Craddock, the winner of last season's Lou Groza Award recognizing him as the best player in the country at his position, hit a bump in the road in the Terrapins' 50-21 win over Richmond on Saturday.

He missed two kicks -- double what he did all of last season -- hitting the upright on an extra point and missing a 26-yard field goal.

It seemed even the referees were caught off guard by it, initially saying the 26-yarder that was clearly pulled wide was actually a make. The mistake was corrected shortly thereafter.

"We found out that Brad Craddock was human today," head coach Randy Edsall said after the game. "I know he's disappointed, but I haven't lost any confidence in him."

Craddock, who came to Maryland as a punter, made 18 of his 19 field goals last season and all 44 of his extra points last season, which made Saturday's hiccups that much more uncharacteristic.


In all, he still made 3-of-4 field goals against Richmond and 5-of-6 extra points.

"Maybe he's trying too hard," Edsall said. "I thought he was moving a little bit quick on the extra point and then I think he's such a perfectionist and everything else that we've just got to get him settled back down and get him back in sync."

But there was a silving lining. 

The biggest area of focus for Craddock in the offseason, his kickoffs, seemed to show improvements. Of his 10 kickoffs, eight were touchbacks. That helped Maryland to win the field position game, aided also by Will Likely's monster day in the return game.

"He'll be OK," Edsall said.

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.