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Terps go Down Under for kicking help

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Make room, Brad Wing.  Another Aussie is bringing his kicking talents to the states.

Maryland announced via a press release Thursday that punter/kicker Brad Craddock has signed a financial-aid agreement and will play for the Terps in 2012.  A native of Adelaide, Australia, Craddock, the release stated, learned to punt playing Australian Rules football.

“Brad is an extremely talented kicker and punter with a very strong leg and excellent hangtime and distance with his kicks,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “We are excited that Brad has decided to come to the University of Maryland to continue his academic and athletic career. Having had experience with an Australian punter previously, I felt that Brad would be a great fit based on film and recommendations of our kicking and International contacts. We look forward to having Brad with us when our team reports to camp on August 5th.”

From the release:

Craddock, a native of Adelaide, Australia, was a four-sport athlete in high school and … was rated as the top Australian kicking prospect in the class of 2012 by Chris Sailer Kicking.

Craddock began playing Australian Rules football at age eight and also played soccer, tennis and ran track for his high school, Tabor Christian College. He spent the last year-and-a-half training with OzPunt, an Australian punting, kicking and holding academy.

LSU’s Wing, who earned first-team All-SEC and All-American honors as a redshirt freshman last season, came to the Tigers in 2010 after playing just one season of high school football in Louisiana.  Wing is from Melbourne, Australia, and also got his “punting” start playing Aussie rules football.

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8 Responses to “Terps go Down Under for kicking help”
  1. kevindavid40 says: Jul 5, 2012 11:36 AM

    Good. This can allow Nick Ferrara to focus strictly on placekicking.

  2. andybutters says: Jul 5, 2012 11:52 AM

    Of course that’s a Rugby League team in the pic which he never played. South Australia doesn’t even have a team in the national comp.

  3. jpiro says: Jul 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    Coming soon, DownUnder Armor.

  4. hitwithafade says: Jul 5, 2012 4:42 PM

    amazing Edsall is so unpopular he has to go halfway around the world to recruit…the only other Aussie Kicker I can remember was in that Gene Hackman/Keanu Reeves movie…The Replacements ..and he was running from the gangsters

  5. saabista says: Jul 5, 2012 9:07 PM

    @andybutters, actually there are 2 South Australian teams playing in the Australian Football League (AFL), the highest league in the country– Adelaide and Port Adelaide, as well as the 9-team semi-pro SANFL which is a sort of feeder league to the AFL. South Australia is definitely rugby territory though, but there are quality”footy” players to be found there.

    Anyone who’s watched an Aussie Rules game (not the easiest thing to do these days between the time lag and the lousy media coverage), will quickly see what has a lot of college coaches salivating– these guys are making astonishing catches and more importantly pinpoint punts and kicks of well over 50 meters (55 yards) whilst running full tilt with 18(?!) opposing players coming after them. It’s not gridiron football, and it’s not rugby, but an altogether different animal, and a helluva entertaining game to watch when waiting for college football to begin. There are other programs quietly recruiting “footy” players, and I see a few here and there in Division 1-AA as well. A smart FBS or FCS coach would figure out how to incorporate their Aussies into a situation that brings back the drop kick– because these guys are probably the only folks who still know how to do that. Les Miles, are you listening?

    Here’s a 3-minute promo of Aussie Rules. It’s a freaking insane sport. http://youtu.be/X_hqosNvv5E

  6. andybutters says: Jul 6, 2012 10:14 AM

    Hello saabista. Please read my post again, there are no rugby league teams in SA, not since the Adelaide Rams called it a day.

  7. wethog66 says: Jul 6, 2012 11:58 AM

    @hitwithafade

    Guess you don’t follow football, or the NFL, much. Darren Bennett was a 2x pro-bowl and all-pro punter for the Chargers from 1995 to 2003 after retiring from a 12 year career playing Aussie Rules Football.

  8. cubano76 says: Jul 6, 2012 1:17 PM

    Edsall better just worry about winning games this year. If not, he’s done in College Park, MD. God forbid MD loses to UConn. The press will have a field day with that one. A lot of bad blood there between Edsall & how he left UConn. Should be an interesting game to say the least.

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