The Washington Times - October 11, 2012, 01:48PM

Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara will miss the rest of the season with a hip injury and will not return for a possible fifth year next fall.

Ferrara will have a year of eligibility remaining. Since he is set to graduate in December, he would be able to transfer to another school without sitting out a season.

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“He’s rehabbing,” coach Randy Edsall said. “He’s going to finish his schoolwork and then come December – he doesn’t know if he’s going to be able to continue to kick anyhow. What he’s going to do is explore his options. It was a mutual discussion. We’re going to do everything we can to get him graduated and he’ll move on from there.”

With Ferrara absent, freshman Brad Craddock is 4-for-7 on field goals and has made 12 of 13 extra point attempts this season.

Ferrara ranks ninth in school history in field goals made (30) and 17th in points (143). His best season was in 2009, when he made 18 field goals (a Maryland record for a freshman) and provided the game-winning field goal in overtime against James Madison.

Ferrara underwent offseason hip surgery, missing spring practice along the way. He returned for preseason camp, but was shelved by mid-August and has not played in a game.

“I just hope the kid gets healthy,” Edsall said. “He’s hoping he might be able to kick again, but he doesn’t know that. I don’t know that.”

Patrick Stevens