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Friedgen's biggest concern: kicker

This came as a little bit of a surprise to me. When I asked Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen what his biggest positional concern is at this point, he said point after/field goals. Earlier in camp, Friedgen alluded to some struggles by sophomore Nick Ferrara, who made 18 of 25 field goal attempts last season.

During this training camp, he has gotten too many blocked and his technique may be off.

“Still struggling,” Friedgen said. “We just have to keep working on it. We are not kicking the ball too well right now.”

Friedgen talked to him but said Ferrara has so many people talking to him now that he just needs to focus.

“It’s almost like a golf swing,” Friedgen said. “You just have to hit it the same way all the time.”

Punter Travis Baltz, who has punted as well in camp as he has at any point in his career, is getting some work at place kicker.

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 23, 2010; 8:52 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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If this is the biggest Terp concern, then the Terps should win 11 or 12 games this season.

Posted by: EdDC | August 23, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else find it ironic that Maryland has one of the top soccer programs in the country and the football team can't find a good kicker?

Surely there is someone at the end of the soccer team's bench who could be a reliable placekicker. Perhaps Fridge should waddle over to Sasho Cirovsky's office and ask for some help.

Posted by: mercedeskk | August 23, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

One of the goalkeepers from 2005 and prior (Craig) actually was a backup kicker on the football team.

Posted by: Colm1 | August 23, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Mercedes - Ferrara was a really impressive for a true freshmen kicker (and part-time punter) last year. I don't think it is a matter of the Terps not being able to find any good kickers. It is a matter of getting Ferrara right as the season approaches. Sure - find a soccer guy as a backup, but unless the soccer guy has kicked a football with any regularity, I like Ferrara, Baltz, et al.

Posted by: hhmmmmm | August 23, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

years ago, if i recall correctly, mia hamm kicked with a football and made a 50 yard field goal with her right, and then did it again with her left.

Posted by: aubartolomei | August 24, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

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