Kicker Nick Ferrara will miss the rest of the season due to a hip tendon injury, and his career at Maryland is likely over, coach Randy Edsall announced Thursday.
Kicker Nick Ferrara will graduate in December and then decide whether he wants to continue his playing career elsewhere.
Ferrara, who has yet to play in a game this year after hurting his hip during the offseason, came to a “mutual decision” with Edsall about his status for next year. He is set to graduate in December and won’t return to Maryland next season, but if he can get healthy, Ferrara could use the graduate exception rule and play at another school while taking courses for a graduate degree.
The graduate exception rule is the same rule Danny O’Brien used to transfer to Wisconsin.
“He’s done,” Edsall said. “Again, that was a discussion that he had with me. I just hope the kid gets healthy. He’s hoping he might be able to kick again, but he doesn’t know that and I don’t know that. He’d rather graduate, and if he’s able [transfer to another school.]”
Ferrara started 12 games last season and converted 12-of-20 field goals and 27-of-29 extra points. He also punted the ball 57 times for an average of 39.5 yards.
With Ferrara sidelined, freshman Brad Craddock has handled kickoffs and placekicking duties. Craddock has converted 4-of-7 field goals, with a long of 52 yards, and 12-of-13 extra points.
More injury news
Safety Matt Robinson will miss a second consecutive game with a groin injury Saturday against Virginia. True freshman Anthony Nixon, who attended the same high school as quarterback Perry Hills, will start in his place.
Edsall said there are a few other players who are doubtful for Saturday’s game and could be ruled out based on what happens in today’s practice. More details will become available later this afternoon when the Terps release their injury report, which is required by the ACC to be released 90 minutes after the conclusion of Thursday’s practice.
C.J. Brown's recovery from a torn ACL is on schedule.
“Other guys are probably doubtful, but right now I’m waiting to see how practice goes,” Edsall said. “But we have some guys that could be out for the game.”
Running game woes
Maryland’s struggle to pick up yards on the ground has been well documented this season. The Terps’ longest run of the year went for 21 yards, and the team averages 86 rushing yards per game, which ranks as worst in the ACC and 116th in the NCAA.
Edsall believes the Terps’ struggles on the ground have come from a mixture of things and can’t be pinned on one position. From running backs missing reads to offensive lineman missing blocks, the Terps’ running game has been abysmal all around.
“It’s not one thing, and it’s not one person. It’s everybody taking a turn it seems like,” Edsall said. “A missed read by the running back, a misread by the quarterback, an offensive lineman using bad technique on his block or coming off too soon on the double team. That’s just something we’ll continue to work on in practice. I think it will get better.”
C.J. Brown’s rehab
C.J. Brown’s recovery from a torn ACL is on schedule and coming along nicely, according to Edsall.
“He’s doing good. He’s a lot better. He’s walking and things like that,” Edsall said. “He’s getting better each day and progressing along. The trainers are happy with his recovery so far.”
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