Kicker Nick Ferrara's career is over at the University of Maryland, coach Randy Edsall said Thursday, as he is out for the season with a hip-tendon injury and will graduate this December.
Ferrara suffered the injury in preseason practice, creating an opening for true freshman Brad Craddock. Ferrara did not appear in a game this season.
For his career, Ferrara hit 30 of 45 field goals, including a career-long 50-yarder as a freshman. Ferrara missed just one extra point in 54 tries.
As a freshman Ferrara earned the top placekicking position but lost it in his sophomore season, in which he did not attempt a field goal. As a junior, Ferrara took over all three phases of the kicking game, including punting. He made 12 of 20 field goal attempts in 2011.
In his place, Craddock has hit 4 of 7 field goals this season, including a 52-yard score in the win over Wake Forest last week. Craddock also shanked an extra point in the game, proving that he's a work in progress.