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By Matt Vensel | August 14, 2012
Justin Tucker, a rookie kicker from Texas, has pressed incumbent Billy Cundiff by splitting upright after upright during Ravens training camp, whether it was a chip shot field goal at the team's facility in Owings Mills or a 63-yarder in front of 20,324 screaming fans at M&T Bank Stadium. Though the competition to determine who will be Baltimore's kicker in Week 1 is far from over, special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said after Tuesday's practice that, hypothetically, he would feel comfortable relying on the rookie kicker for the season opener on September 10. “He'll be in there Friday night, he'll be right out there in front of everybody and kicking, and I won't have any apprehension,” he said.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 5, 2014
Maryland football players and coaches spent Sunday breaking down and critiquing their 52-24 loss Saturday to Ohio State at Byrd Stadium. Now the Terps hope to take advantage of their bye week before preparing for their Oct. 18 home game against Iowa. In particular, Maryland (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten Conference) will look to get as healthy as possible. Several players, including starting outside linebacker Matt Robinson (Atholton) and reserve defensive backs Zach Dancel and Daniel Ezeagwu, missed Saturday's game against the Buckeyes, now ranked No. 15. Starters such as inside linebackers Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree also have been playing through injuries.
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By Matt Vensel | May 29, 2012
The Ravens signed former Texas kicker Justin Tucker, an undrafted free agent, to a contract Tuesday. Tucker, who earlier this month attended the team's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, was not signed as of last week when the Ravens held their first week of voluntary organized team activity (OTA) workouts. But the Ravens have made it official, meaning there will be another kicker around to kick it with Billy Cundiff. The Ravens wanted to have another kicker signed for these offseason workouts to spell Cundiff and punter Sam Koch, but they might also want to put a little heat on Cundiff after he missed that field goal in January.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 29, 2014
Maryland senior inside linebacker Cole Farrand and junior kicker Brad Craddock were both selected for weekly honors Monday. Farrand became the second Terp in as many weeks to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. (Cornerback Will Likely won the award last week.) Craddock was the choice for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Top Star of the Week. Farrand had 19 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a pass deflection during Maryland's 37-15 win over Indiana and helped the Terps limit a high-scoring Hoosiers offense to just 332 yards of total offense.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
Broadneck All-Metro kicker Adam Greene, who holds the state record for most field goals in a career and kicked a 55-yard field goal last fall, has committed to play football for Maryland. The senior, who had narrowed his list to Maryland, Navy and Wake Forest, orally committed last week after he was offered a preferred walk-on spot. He said said he made his decision before news broke of Maryland's impending move to the Big Ten. Green said the Terrapins coaches told him he has a good chance to earn a merit scholarship based on his 4.45 weighted GPA. He has never gotten anything but an A in high school and said academics drove his decision to go to Maryland.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2012
Billy Cundiff won't get his chance for redemption, at least not in a Ravens uniform. A little more than seven months after he missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt that thwarted the Ravens' Super Bowl hopes and just three days after he was benched for an undrafted rookie in the third preseason game, Cundiff had his contract terminated by the Ravens on Sunday as the team trimmed its roster to 81. The move, which was extremely unexpected when training...
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Billy Cundiff didn't have to wait long, nor did he have to travel far, to get another kicking job. Cundiff, whose contract was terminated by the Ravens on Sunday after he lost his job to undrafted rookie Justin Tucker, has agreed to sign with the Washington Redskins. The news was first reported by ESPN. Washington reportedly has cut Graham Gano, who was believed to have won the kicking job when the Redskins cut Neil Rackers yesterday. Gano was in competition for the Ravens' kicking job before the 2009 season, but he was ultimately beaten out by Steven Hauschka.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Justin Tucker hasn't yet set foot on the field in Cleveland, but he already has a reason to celebrate this weekend. Tucker, the Ravens' second-year kicker, announced on social media that he and longtime girlfriend Amanda Bass were engaged. "She said YES!!" Tucker tweeted Friday night, linking to a photo on Instagram that showed the 23-year-old Texas graduate and his fiancee with the Inner Harbor and downtown Baltimore in the background. Bass tweeted that the couple had been together for five years.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2012
The battle for Maryland's starting punter and kicker positions got significantly more competitive today. Brad Craddock , a 6-foot-1, 190-pound specialist from Tabor Christian College in Adelaide, Australia, has signed a financial-aid agreement with Maryland, coach Randy Edsall announced today. "Brad is an extremely talented kicker and punter with a very strong leg and excellent hang time and distance with his kicks,” Edsall said in a news release. “We are excited that Brad has decided to come to the University of Maryland to continue his academic and athletic career.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2013
When River Hill's football team scores a touchdown, the Hawks can be pretty sure they'll get that seventh point. Alex Potocko has hit 52 of 53 extra-point attempts this fall and set a school record with 121 in his career. The senior kicker, a two-time All-Howard County selection, also has sent 56 of 68 kickoffs into the end zone. In a 49-0 win over City in the regional playoffs, all nine of his kickoffs were touchbacks. On field goals, he's 2-for-4 with a season-best of 38 yards for the two-time defending state Class 3A champions, who play in the state semifinals Friday night at Linganore.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Like many of his teammates in Towson's 27-24 stunning loss to Maine in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams Saturday night, Sam Hurwitz had an unsteady performance. The junior kicker converted all three of his extra-point attempts and easily nailed a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter. But he also had a 45-yard try that went outside the right upright in the fourth quarter that preceded the Black Bears' eventual game-winning touchdown. Hurwitz, who has connected on four of six field goals this season, converted a career-long 39-yard field goal in the Tigers' 31-20 victory over North Carolina Central on Sept.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
For the fourth time in three seasons, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Tucker converted all three of his field-goal attempts in the Ravens' 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and his 32-yarder as time expired provided the decisive points in the road win. The kick was Tucker's seventh career game-winner. He also made field goals from 38 yards and 21 yards in the game. For the season, Tucker is 8-for-9 with his only miss coming from 55 yards in the Ravens' season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
As if anyone needed a reminder of how last year's Ravens campaign went, EA Sports' Madden player ratings are out, and the top-rated player on the Ravens is none other than kicker Justin Tucker. Tucker is rated as a 93 overall, one point ahead of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who is a 92. The Madden screen grab above shows Ngata as the top player, but I'm pretty sure 93 is a higher number than 92, so for our purposes Tucker is the highest rated player. The team is rated 84 overall, second in the division behind Cincinnati (86)
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
The NFL will experiment with a potential rule change involving extra points in the first two weeks of the preseason. The ball will be moved from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, making an extra point the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal. Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker said he's interested to see how the change works out but made it clear that he's not a fan of adding to the length of extra points. “I don't think it's really going to change anything that we do aside from just practicing, just the visual of seeing an extra point from a little further back,” Tucker said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
The Ravens' Justin Tucker has not only been one of the league's best kickers in his first two seasons in the NFL, he's also been one of its bigger bargains. Such is life when you originally make the team as an undrafted free agent. Tucker, who beat out Billy Cundiff for the kicking job as a rookie, signed a three-year, $1.44 million deal with the Ravens before the 2012 season. He's due a base salary of $570,000 in 2014, the final year of the deal, and then he could potentially be a restricted free agent next offseason.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
It's been well-documented that the Ravens would like to sign wide receiver  Torrey Smith , nose tackle  Haloti Ngata  and cornerback  Jimmy Smith  to contract extensions before the start of the 2014 season. Little has been said about Pro Bowl third-year kicker  Justin Tucker's  contract, but the Ravens are working on a contract extension for him, too, general manager  Ozzie Newsome  told   Kevin Byrne , the team's senior vice president of public and community relations, in an article posted on the team's website.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Here are notes as the Terps practice for Saturday's opener against William & Mary. I will have a full-length story on another topic later in the day. ** You were wondering about senior kicker Nick Ferrara? He was omitted from the depth chart on Monday, and freshman Brad Craddock, the Punter (and kicker) from Down Under, was awarded the kicking job. Coach Randy Edsall said Ferrara, who had hip surgery during the offseason, is experiencing soreness and is day-to-day. Ferrara had been kicking during the preseason, but Edsall said the kicker “had some issues.” Ferrara surely wants to finish his career as well as he started it. You remember him as a freshman?
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By Jeff Seidel, For The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Cap Poklemba's kicking career began almost by accident. During his senior year at McDonogh in the fall of 1998, Poklemba was playing on the soccer team when football coach Dom D'Amico asked if he could kick a football. Poklemba walked out to the practice field with D'Amico, blasted a few balls a long way and got a job he didn't know much about. He knows a little more now. Poklemba, 34, won a championship with an indoor league team in Harrisburg last season after being lured from retirement.
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By Matt Vensel | January 21, 2014
It took a few years for him to find himself, but former Ravens kicker Steven Hauschka, the young man who faced the daunting task of filling the cleats of Baltimore legend Matt Stover, is going to the Super Bowl. Hauschka, who was the leading scorer for the Seattle Seahawks during the regular season, kicked three field goals, including a key 47-yarder late in the fourth quarter, to help the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers, 23-17, and advance to the Super Bowl, where they will play the Denver Broncos in two weeks.
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