Six Terps named to all-ACC academic football team

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Six Maryland football players were named to the all-ACC academic football team, the conference announced on Monday afternoon. Linebacker Cole Farrand, cornerback Dexter McDougle and punter Nate Renfro were among the 26 repeat selections; kicker Brad Craddock, center Sal Conaboy and freshman cornerback Will Likely were first-time honorees.

Only Duke, with 21 selections, had more than Maryland, which tied with N.C. State and Pittsburgh. Eligible athletes must have a 3.00 grade-point averages for the previous semester and a 3.00 cumulative average. According to the league, the final all-ACC team of 67 players was whittled down from a nominated pool of 122.

McDougle is the only senior among the group and is training for the NFL combine after missing most of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury. Farrand, who finished second on Maryland with 84 tackles despite playing in 11 of 13 games, was also a third-team all-ACC selection, while Likely, second on the team with 934 all-purpose yards, was a freshman all-American.

Conaboy, a rising senior, started all 13 games for the Terps. Craddock was much improved during his sophomore season, hitting 21 of 25 field goals and 37 of 38 point-after attempts. Renfro averaged 40.8 yards per punt, up from 39.7 yards in 2012.

 

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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