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

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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.

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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 Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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