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Brad Craddock (born 24 June 1992) is an Australian-born American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of Maryland, College Park.

Brad Craddock
Free agent
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 27)
Adelaide, Australia
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Adelaide (AUST) Tabor Christian College
College:Maryland
Undrafted:2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Brad Craddock was born in Adelaide to Raymond and Leonie Craddock.[6] He attended Tabor Christian College. He began learning to punt at the age of 8 while playing Australian rules football. Craddock attended OzPunt, a developmental program for aspiring punters, placekickers, and holders in American football. He left the program with a 4.5/5 rating and as the top kicking prospect in Australia in 2012. Craddock enrolled in the University of Maryland soon after graduating the program.[7]

College careerEdit

At 6-foot (1.8 m) tall,[6] Craddock was initially supposed to play as a punter with the Maryland Terrapins. Instead, he was moved to the position of placekicker. As a result, he encountered many difficulties in his first year with the team.[8] He finished the season with only 10 of 16 field goals made,[9] posting a 62.5 success rate,[10] and 3 of 5 successful attempts at field goals beyond 40 yards (37 meters), including one from beyond 50 yards (46 meters).[9] He also handled kickoff duties for the Terrapins.[6]

Under the tutelage of former Pro Bowl kicker and Baltimore Ravens player Matt Stover, Craddock's stats improved greatly in his second season with the Terrapins.[11] In one of his career highlights, Craddock converted 3 field goals, including one from 50 yards (46 meters), help the Terrapins to a 37–0 win over West Virginia University.[12]

Craddock entered the Big Ten along with the Terrapins. In a game against Pennsylvania State University, Craddock kicked a 43-yard (39-meter) field goal with less than a minute to go for the Terrapins to take the lead.[13] The Terrapins won 20–19 and became bowl-eligible. After the kick, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall summarized the game with one quote, "Let the rivalry begin."[14] He finished the year having made 18 of 19 field goals for a 94.7 percent success rate. He posted a long of 57 yards (52 meters) and his lone miss came on his last kick of the season from 54 yards (49 meters) out.[15] Craddock earned national recognition as a 2nd team All American award, and received the Lou Groza Award, awarded annually to the United States's most effective collegiate placekicker.[16]

RecordsEdit

In his three years of collegiate football, Craddock has accrued several records. As of 2014, he has scored the most consecutive field goals in the history of the Maryland Terrapins and the entire Big Ten Conference (24 field goals), as well as the longest field goal in Terrapins history (57 yards (52 meters) against Ohio State University).[17] Craddock also recorded the highest per-season conversion rate in the school's history (94.7%) as well as the highest career field goal conversion rate (81.7%).[15]

Professional careerEdit

After going unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, Craddock signed with the Cleveland Browns on 5 May 2016.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Brad Craddock has two siblings: Alanah and Jacqui. He majored in agricultural and resource economics with a focus on agribusiness.[6]

Craddock grew up in his home town of Adelaide, Australia, the namesake of his nickname, The Adelaide Kid.

StatisticsEdit

Through the end of the 2014 regular season, Craddock's statistics are as follows:[19]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Maryland Terrapins
Season Games Games
Started
Kicking Extra Points Total
FGM FGA PCT 1–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50–59 Long XPM XPA PTS
2012 9 9 10 16 62.5 0–0 3–5 3–5 3–5 1–1 52 23 25 53
2013 12 12 21 25 84.0 0–0 8–8 8–9 4–5 1–3 50 37 38 100
2014 12 12 18 19 94.7 0–0 3–3 4–4 9–9 2–3 57 41 41 95

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zenitz, M. (n.d.). Maryland kicker Brad Craddock named second-team AP All-American. Retrieved 16 December 2014, from http://touch.baltimoresun.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-82310479/
  2. ^ Staff, E. (n.d.). FWAA All-Americans: Marcus Mariota, Big Ten lead first team. Retrieved 18 December 2014, from http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24899392/fwaa-all-americans-marcus-mariota-big-ten-lead-first-team
  3. ^ View 2014 All-Big Ten football teams & individual award winners (Big Ten Network View 2014 AllBig Ten football teams individual awardwinners Comments) http://btn.com/2014/12/01/view-2014-all-big-ten-teams-individual-award-winners/
  4. ^ Terps Kicker Brad Craddock Wins Lou Groza Award (PressBox Baltimore) http://www.pressboxonline.com/2014/12/12/terps-kicker-brad-craddock-wins-lou-groza-award
  5. ^ Maryland Terrapins Athletics – University of Maryland Terps Official Athletic Site (umterps.com) http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=209805156
  6. ^ a b c d "Brad Craddock". University of Maryland Athletics. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  7. ^ Stevens, P. (19 September 2012). For Aussie Brad Craddock, kicking crosses two cultures. Retrieved 12 December 2014, from http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/19/maryland-football-australian-kicker-brad-craddock-/?page=all
  8. ^ Zenitz, Matt (26 December 2014). "Terps kicker Brad Craddock has had 'very special season'". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Brad Craddock Stats". ESPN Go. ESPN. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  10. ^ Kirshner, Alex (11 December 2014). "Maryland kicker Brad Craddock wins Lou Groza Award". Testudo Times. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  11. ^ Prewitt, A. (4 October 2013). "With help from NFL kicker Matt Stover, Maryland's Brad Craddock finds consistency". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  12. ^ Recap: Maryland 37, West Virginia 0. (21 September 2013). Retrieved 17 December 2014, from http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-09-21/news/sns-rt-fbc-maryland-westvirginia-recap-20130921_1_brad-craddock-west-virginia-terrapins
  13. ^ Brad Craddock's late field goal gives Terps their first-ever win at Penn State (baltimoresun.com) http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bal-brad-craddocks-field-goal-gives-terps-their-firstever-win-at-penn-state-20141101-story.html
  14. ^ Maryland coach Randy Edsall: "Let the rivalry begin" after Terps' win (ydr.com) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ a b Stubbs, Roman (16 December 2014). "Maryland's Brad Craddock named second-team All-American". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  16. ^ As Lou Groza Award finalist, Maryland’s Brad Craddock takes it all in. (n.d.). Retrieved 12 December 2014, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/terrapins-insider/wp/2014/12/11/as-lou-groza-award-finalist-marylands-brad-craddock-takes-it-all-in/
  17. ^ Stubbs, Roman (9 October 2014). "Brad Craddock has turned painful miss into record success for Maryland football". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Browns agree to terms with 11 undrafted free agents". ClevelandBrowns.com. 5 May 2016. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Brad Craddock". ESPN. Retrieved 7 May 2016.

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