Nick Ferrara had such a promising start to his Maryland career. He won the job in his first season and kicked well enough to be named to The Sporting News freshman All-ACC team.
He was 18 of 25 on field-goal attempts as a freshman. And here was a key stat: He made seven of 10 from 40 yards or more that season. Former coach Ralph Friedgen was enamored of Ferrara’s potential as a long-distance kicker.
But Ferrara, who also punts, has had a lingering hip-tendon injury, and coach Randy Edsall said today that the kicker’s Maryland career is over.
He hasn't played this season -- freshman Brad Craddock has emerged as the kicker.
Ferrara is due to graduate in December, leaving open the possibility that he would transfer and play someplace else. Edsall said it’s not certain Ferrara will be able to kick, even after significant rest. I’m guessing Ferrara may want to try.
I once wrote a piece about Ferrara in which I said that he does hot yoga and has an accent -- it seems a blend of Long Island and New York City -- that makes him sound like a cast member on “Entourage.”
Here’s a memory I have of Ferrara:
Before last season’s Miami game, he said he vividly imagined himself kicking the winning field goal. In his detailed daydream, Ferrara anticipated his kick coming from about 41 yards.
The yardage in Ferrara's fantasy was a bit off, but his kick wasn't. The kicker booted a 32-yarder for the game winner.
* Safety Matt Robinson will miss his second straight game against Virginia with a groin injury. That means freshman Anthony Nixon will likely get another start.
* Some more players may be listed as out when the injury report is released early this evening.
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