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Big Ten Football Top 25 Players: 2014 Postseason No’s 20-16

Yesterday we took began to unveil our Top 25 Big Ten football players for the 2014 season. You can check out No’s 25-21 here.

We continue the journey today as we give you the next five players to have had major impacts on and major moments in the 2014 season. So, let’s just get right to the list.

20. Brad Craddock, K (Maryland)

2014 Stats: 18-19 FGs, 41-41 PATs, 95 points
Best Game: at Indiana – 3-3 FGs, 4-4 PATs, 13 points, 2-2 on 40-49yd FGs

What the hell is a kicker doing on the list, right? Well, those of you that followed the league and the Terps this season know exactly why he made this list. After all, he did win the Lou Groza Award for the best kicker in the nation.

It wasn’t even close either, as Craddock led the nation in field goal percentage at 94.7. His 57-yard field goal was the second-longest of the season and his 95 points weren’t too shabby either.

Craddock nearly gave the game up early in his career, but as a Senior he was the most impressive kicker in the league. Hell, his only miss on the season was over 50 yards, making everything from 50 yards and in this year.

If you win a national award at any position, you deserve to be on our postseason Top 25 players list. Such is the case with a game-changing weapon like Craddock.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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