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.