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Terps’ Nick Ferrara looking to get a leg up

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Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara was just 12 for 20 on field goal attempts in 2011, including missing five of his final eight tries. He connected on just one attempt longer than 33 yards, and three attempts were blocked. (Associated Press)

Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara’s offseason hip surgery pushed away some of the pain of a disappointing junior season.

Now back to kicking three times a week, Ferrara is eager to fully push his struggles into the past.

Ferrara was just 12 for 20 on field goal attempts last season, missing five of his final eight. He made only one attempt of more than 33 yards and had three tries blocked.

“Last year was last year,” Ferrara said Tuesday. “To be honest, I don’t really care about it. I just have to learn from my mistakes, but there’s nothing I can do about it. It happened. I didn’t perform nearly as well as I know I can or wanted to, obviously, and neither did the team. We all just have to pick it up. It’s show or shut up, and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to do everything I can.”

He probably won’t be asked to do as much as a year ago, when he handled the punting, placekicking and kickoffs as the Terrapins went 2-10.

When Ferrara’s multitasking was broached, special teams coordinator Andre Powell offered a succinct prognostication on the subject: “Not all three.”

“We just hope to utilize all the tools we’ve got,” Powell said. “It’s two totally different leg swings, and doing both is a lot of leg swings. What I’d like to see him do is lead the league in field goals and do a great job kicking and not have to worry about the other. If it’s not working out, we’ll do what we have to do. I don’t think it’s in his best interest or the team’s best interest for him to do both.”

Redshirt freshman Nathan Renfro and sophomore Michael Tart are the most logical candidates to compete for the punting job.

As for Ferrara, the ability to move past last season didn’t develop as soon as last season ended.

“Not at first, no,” Ferrara said. “Then it’s easier to evaluate how you did, and clearly I’m not satisfied with how I did. You move on from it. It’s like anything in life. You can’t just get stuck.”

Tate on the mend

Coach Randy Edsall said linebacker Kenny Tate, who is returning from knee surgery, is expected to be fully available when camp opens Aug. 6.

Tate played in four games last season, collecting 35 tackles in his first season at linebacker. After missing the next three games, Tate had surgery and successfully applied for a medical hardship.

“I’m fine,” said Tate, a first-team all-ACC selection as a safety in 2010. “I’m coming along well and doing everything. I’ve been through injury before, so it’s not that bad. I knew what was to come, I knew I had to work hard. I’m just working to get back.”

Wideout transfers in

Wide receiver Daniel Adams is enrolled in classes at Maryland after transferring from New Mexico. Adams played in two games for the Lobos under Mike Locksley, who was hired as Maryland’s offensive coordinator in December.

Edsall said he envisions the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Adams as an H-back with the ability to stretch the field. He will sit out this season as a transfer year, and it might be a while before he helps Maryland in practice. Adams suffered a foot injury in an offseason workout expected to keep him out 10 weeks and will undergo surgery Friday.

“I told him the other day ‘If it was going to happen, now was the time for it to happen since you’re not going to be playing,’” Edsall said. “He’s disappointed but he’ll be in good hands.”

About the Author

Patrick Stevens

Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at 64plus4@gmail.com.

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