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Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Terps kicker Nick Ferrara day-to-day, DL Keith Bowers doubtful

Terps kicker Nick Ferrara remains day-to-day heading into Saturday’s season opener against William & Mary while dealing with soreness brought on by offseason hip surgery, Coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday.

“He started kicking during the preseason, was doing okay,” Edsall said. “Then all of a sudden he had some issues.”

After discovering the soreness, Edsall said, Maryland’s trainers decided to shut down Ferrara. However, the senior, who made just 12 of 20 field goals last season, was scheduled to take 10 field goals during Maryland’s afternoon practice Tuesday.

Freshman Brad Craddock won the kicking job in Ferrara’s stead, but is locked in a battle with classmate Nathan Renfro for starting punter position.

“In terms of punting, that’ll be a game-time decision if we go with Brad or Nate,” Edsall said. Craddock “has been very consistent on his placement attempts. With Nick not being there, he’s the guy we would go with, and we’ll see how Nick plays out through the rest of the week. ”

Regarding the injuries that have befallen the Terps’ defensive unit this fall, Edsall ruled out safeties Matt Robinson (shoulder) and A.J. Hendy for the opener, as well as senior outside linebacker Kenny Tate (knee) and lineman Isaiah Ross

Edsall also said that defensive lineman Keith Bowers is currently doubtful.

“It doesn’t look good that we’ll have those guys for this game,” Edsall said.

Without Ross and Bowers, the Terps will likely face the Tribe with a six-man rotation on the defensive line.

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