Nathan Renfro Shines as Punter

P Nathan Renfro had a steller performance after earning punting duties for Saturday's game.

The punter for Saturday's game at home against the William & Mary Tribe remained a mystery throughout training camp and was still unknown until redshirt freshman Nathan Renfro stepped onto the field for the Terps with under 10 minutes to play in the first quarter.

Renfro's first punt of his collegiate career was a 48-yard punt that pinned the Tribe down on their own 23-yard line. But Renfro wasn't done for the afternoon, punting a total of four times for 212 yards and a touchback.

“Nate Renfro was a guy that stepped up huge today,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “He had a great day punting and that last punt, you couldn't have asked for anything better than that.”

Renfro's most impressive punt of the afternoon came with a little more than two minutes left to play in the game. A fourth-and-8 on Maryland's 41-yard line forced the Terps to give the ball back to William & Mary for what would be one last chance to steal a win from the Terps at home. Renfro punted the ball 57 yards and with the help of a nice bounce, the Terps were able to down the ball at the Tribe's 2-yard line. Tribe quarterback Raphael Ortiz was sacked five plays later on fourth-and-3 and fumbled the ball which was picked up by Maryland's Demetrius Hartsfield to ice the game for the Terps.

Renfro was battling freshman Brad Craddock for punting duties throughout training camp by Edsall did not make a decision until Friday, a decision that he said could have come down to a coin flip based on their even performance during camp.

“We made the decision on Friday to tell him that he was going to kick,” Edsall said. “I didn't want them to go to bed last night wondering what was going to happen.”

Edsall said both Craddock and Renfro were inconsistent throughout training camp with no real winner of the position battle. Renfro has earned punting duties with his impressive performance Saturday, but Edsall said he expects a similar consistent performance for the rest of the season.

The Terps will face the Temple Owls at noon on Sept. 8 in Philadelphia, Pa.

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