The University of Maryland's Dale Castro, who this season tied the NCAA record for consecutive field goals with 16, was named last night to the Football Writers of America All-America squad.
Castro's 43-yard field goal with 1:46 left beat North Carolina, 17-14, Nov. 3 and put his name in the record book next to Arkansas' Ish Ordonez.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Maryland junior, who has missed three tries since then, has converted 16 to 17 extra-point kicks this season. He has also averaged 38 yards on 75 punts.
"I really wasn't expecting to get it, but I knew I had a chance. I'm feeling really good right now," said Castro when informed of his selection last night at his Ellicot Hall dormitory room on the College Park campus. "I thought the Arkansas guy (Ordonez) or the guy from Texas (John Goodson) might get it. Their teams have better records and they've been getting more publicity.
"After this week, I felt I was right about even with most of the kickers (around the country)."
Castro's only field-goal attempt last year was a 53-yard miss against Texas in the Sun Bowl after first-string kicker Ed Loncar was injured. This season, Castro said, the kicking task has been fairly easy.
"I think it just feels real natural. I'm in a groove, you might say," said Castro, who was a three-sport standout and earned all-state football honors at Southern High School in Anne Arundel County. "I feel comfortable, plus the snapper and the holder have been perfect. All I've had to do is kick the ball."
Castro, who intends to pitch for the Maryland baseball team this spring, was drafted in 1977 by the Minnesota Twins. He did not sign with the American League club after earning a football scholarship at Maryland as a walk-on.