Here are the basic facts with Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara:
* The senior underwent offseason hip surgery, got some work during camp but was held out of Maryland’s first two games this season. He was declared out for Saturday’s date with Connecticut as well.
* He handled field goal duties for Maryland in 2009 and 2011, punting for part of 2009 and all of 2011 and has done the bulk of the kickoff duties over the last three years.
* He did not redshirt upon arriving at Maryland in 2009.
It makes the a redshirt a more than logical possibility to consider, especially since the rules for a hardship waiver stipulate a player is not eligible for one if he plays in the second half of the season. For now, though, it’s not something coach Randy Edsall is dwelling upon.
“I’m just trying to go to week to week,” Edsall said. “Seriously. I understand exactly what you’re saying because I had this conversation just yesterday with Nick.”
Ferrara was expected to handle both field goal/PAT and kickoffs this season. Freshman Brad Craddock has assumed both roles while Ferrara has recovered from further hip soreness.
“I said to him ‘You just need to get healthy. You just need to do the things the trainers and doctors tell you to do,’” Edsall said. “As things progress, then I’ll make the decisions. When they tell me a guy is ready to go and ready to play, I’m going to make the decision as to whether or not that guy can help win a game and be productive. If that’s game nine, 10, whatever, I’m going to make my decisions then. I’m just going to let it play out from week to week like with all these guys.”
In short, Edsall (like most coaches) is most concerned with figuring out ways to win. Less than a quarter into the season, the implications of whether Ferrara sticks around for a fifth season do not appear to be a priority.
That’s not to say it won’t change. But Edsall hinted a healthy Ferrara would be enough of an upgrade on kickoffs to be worth using in that role.
“Nick is a proven commodity,” Edsall said. “If Nick’s healthy and Nick can get out there and drill the ball through the end zone all the time for us on kickoffs, that can be worth something to us. Right now, Brad has a good leg, but I think overall at this point in time, especially on kickoffs, Nick probably has the stronger leg. You weigh all those things.”