University of Maryland place-kicker Brad Craddock has been named the recipient of the 23rd Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award as announced Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk at the Walk Disney World Resort.
Craddock earned the honor over fellow finalists Roberto Aguayo of Florida State, who won the award in 2013, and Josh Lambert of West Virginia.
"It is a fantastic honor for Brad to be the recipient of the Lou Groza Award," said head coach Randy Edsall. "His work ethic and competitiveness are unmatched and personify what all of our student-athletes should strive to achieve. To see him arrive at Maryland having never played football and transforming himself into the best kicker in the nation is something that is very special. This is a great honor and very well-deserved."
The junior is the first Maryland football player to win a national award since 2002. That season, E.J. Henderson won the Chuck Bednarik Award and Butkus Award.
This season, Craddock has converted 18 of his 19 his field goals attempts and has made 11 field goals from 40-plus yards including a school-record 57-yard field goal against Ohio State on October 4. His conversion rate of 94.7 percent is a single-season school record and for his career he has made 81.7 percent of his kicks (49-60), which is also a program record.
Craddock also set a school record and tied a Big Ten record with 24 consecutive field goals made. The Big Ten record is shared with Ohio State's Mike Nugent who made 24 straight field goals from 2001-02.
Craddock was named the 2014 recipient of the Big Ten's Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year Award. He also was a first team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media and a second team Walter Camp and USA Today All-American.
-- Maryland Athletics press release