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.
Very proud of Sal Conaboy, Brad Craddock, Cole Farrand, William Likely, Dexter McDougle and Nate Renfro for earning All-ACC Academic honors
— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) February 17, 2014