By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
4:36 PM PDT, October 27, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Maryland switched kickers on Saturday for the first time this season after Brad Craddock missed another short field-goal attempt.
One week after missing a potential game-winning field goal from 33 yards, the freshman was wide left on a 35-yard try in the first quarter of the Terps' 20-17 loss at Boston College.
At halftime, fellow freshman Brendan Magistro warmed up with holder Nate Renfro. Magistro entered in the second half and kicked two extra points and a 28-yard field goal.
"I feel bad for Brad," said coach Randy Edsall, who said he made the switch because he had "to put the best guys on the field."
Craddock is 8-for-14 on the season. He is 2-for-4 on kicks between 30 and 39 yards and has missed two extra points.
Without Leak, Diggs delivers
The loss of wide receiver Marcus Leak (broken toe) a week ago means more defensive attention will be paid to freshman slot receiver Stefon Diggs the rest of the season.
Diggs still delivered Saturday, catching 11 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown.
It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. He became the first Maryland freshman to record consecutive 100-yard receiving games in more than 25 years when he did it against West Virginia and Wake Forest earlier in the season.
Diggs entered Saturday's game with 514 receiving yards, placing him just out of Maryland's top 25 leaders for a single season.
Leak was second on the team to Diggs in catches (23) and receiving yards (393) before his injury. His absence also means more playing time for redshirt freshman Nigel King, who has played in every game, but whose role had been limited. King entered Saturday with one reception — a 33-yarder last week in the final minute against North Carolina State.
King had three receptions for 15 yards Saturday.
Tough stretch coming
Maryland's game against Boston College was its third of four Atlantic Coast Conference contests so far against teams at or near the bottom of the standings.
The Terps are finding they have an unusually back-loaded schedule. Entering Saturday, Maryland's first four conference opponents had a combined 4-13 conference mark.
The schedule enabled the young Terps — who have had 13 players make their first career start — to establish some early confidence, especially on defense.
But the schedule now turns sharply harder. It includes games against arguably the top two teams in the Atlantic Division: Florida State and Clemson.
The second half of the Terps' ACC season begins Saturday at Byrd Stadium against Georgia Tech, which statistically has one of the nation's best running games.
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