Maryland Terrapins football has jumped on the Aussie Rules kicking bandwagon and signed class of 2012 recruit Brad Craddock.
Craddock comes with an impressive pedigree, as far as converted Australian punter/kickers go. Head coach Randy Edsall had this to say about the bloke:
“Brad is an extremely talented kicker and punter with a very strong leg and excellent hangtime and distance with his kicks. 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.”
As a four-sport athlete in high school (track, soccer and tennis were his others), perhaps Craddock will be available for Brad Wing-like shenanigans should he be called upon. Craddock will have four years of eligibility for the Terps.
You might remember Wing, LSU’s Aussie punter running back this fake punt for a TD, which was negated by his early celebration.
Aussie punters have had a pretty decent success rate converting to American football, starting with Vikings and Chargers punter Darren Bennett in the late 90s and continuing on to players like Save Rocca, currently on the Redskins.