On Novak: Fifth-year senior who enters his final year as one of the top placekickers in the country ... has been outstanding in every aspect during his three years as Maryland's kicker ... a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award each of the last two years and a serious contender this year ... has a strong leg and good accuracy ... consistent as both a placekicker and with kickoff duties ... a very hard worker ... enters the season needing just three points to become the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leading scorer, surpassing the 326 points of FSU's Scott Bentley ... 324 career points is a Maryland record ... needs 100 points - a mark he has surpassed each of the last two years -- to become the NCAA's all-time points leader (Houston's Roman Anderson ('88-91) currently holds that mark with 423) ... ranked among the nation's top 25 in field goals and scoring as a sophomore and a junior.
2003 (Junior): Maryland's starting placekicker in all 13 games ... first team All-ACC ... led the ACC and ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 1.85 field goals per game ... also led the league and ranked 23rd in the nation in scoring with 8.5 points per game ... finished the season 24-of-32 on field goals and 38-of-42 on extra points ... (at NCSU) ... came back and kicked a 43-yard field goal to win the game with 28 seconds left in regulation after missing an extra point that would have tied the game two minutes earlier ... kicked a 29-yard field goal with five seconds left in the second quarter ... game-winning kick gave him the school scoring record ... (vs. UNC) ... had a big game, connecting on all three of his field goal attempts and six PATs ... field goals came from 20, 24, and 46 yards... forced nine touchbacks on his 11 kickoffs ... (vs. Duke) ... kicked a career-long 54-yard field goal for the Terps' first score of the game, surpassing his previous best of 51 yards ... field goal tied Steve Mike-Mayer's 1973 effort for the longest in school history ... connected on four of his five field goal attempts, marking the third time in his career and second this season he kicked four field goals in one game ... (vs. WVU) ... connected on two of his three field goal attempts ... his successful attempts came from 32 and 41 yards... lone miss came from 52 yards... converted all four of his PATs, giving him 10 points on the night ... (vs. The Citadel) ... connected on all four of his field goal attempts ... attempts came from 21, 31, 38, and 42 yards... (at NIU) ... was successful on both of his field goal attempts of the night, hitting from 46 yards in the third quarter and 50 yards in the fourth quarter ... forced touchbacks on two of his four kickoffs ... NIU's average starting spot after his four kicks was its own 17-yard line.
2002 (Sophomore): Terps' starting placekicker in all 14 games ... first team All-ACC selection ... was 24-of-28 on field goals and 53-of-54 on PATs for the season ... led the ACC and was fifth in the NCAA with 1.71 field goals per game ... led the ACC in kicking percentage (85.7) ... 16th in the nation in scoring at 8.93 points per game ... set Maryland records with 24 field goals and 125 points ... was an amazing 8-of-10 on kicks beyond 40 yards and 3-for-4 of kicks over 50 ... (Peach Bowl vs. UT) ... hit on all three field goal attempts and all three PATs ... tied a Peach Bowl record with his 48-yarder in the second quarter ... also converted on a 44-yard attempt ... (vs. WFU) ... was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, hitting from 36 yards in the first quarter, 38 yards in the second quarter and 28 yards in the fourth quarter ... (at CU) ... was perfect in his lone field goal attempt from 19 yards in the second quarter ... streak of 73-straight PAT conversions ended with a kick wide-left after the first Maryland touchdown ... (vs. NCSU) ... hit the 26-yard, game-winning field goal with 34 seconds remaining in his only attempt of the game ... it was the second game-winning FG of his career ... 3 of 5 kickoffs went for touchbacks ... (at Duke) ... tied a career-long with a 51-yard FG in the first quarter in his lone attempt on the day ... (at WVU) ... was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, with a long of 46 yards in the fourth quarter ... five of nine kickoffs went for touchbacks ... (vs. Wofford) ... was 3-for-4 on field goal attempts, hitting one from 50 yards in the third quarter ... lone miss of the day came from 57 yards ... had a solo tackle on a second-quarter kickoff ... (vs. Akron) ... rebounded after missing his first FG attempt to make three consecutive attempts in the second half ... 51-yard FG in the fourth quarter tied his career long.
2001 (Redshirt Freshman): Starting kicker in all 11 games plus the Orange Bowl ... was 16-of-25 on field goals for a 64 percent success rate ... missed just one of his 42 PATs on the season ... an honorable mention All-ACC selection ... also second-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News ... connected on 12 of his last 14 field goals to close the season ... two of the kicks were from 50 yards or longer and four were from at least 40 yards ... the only two misses were from 50 yards vs. Duke, which hit the right upright, and the 62-yard attempt vs. Clemson ... finished one field goal shy of the Maryland single-season record of 17 ... his 41 PATs set a new single-season record at Maryland ... led the team in scoring with 89 points, the highest total ever by a Terp freshman kicker ... ranked 15th in Division I-A in field goals per game (1.45) and 29th in scoring (8.09 ppg) ... (vs. CU) ... had a stellar game, going 3-for-4 on field goal attempts ... his only miss was from 62 yards at the end of the first half and fell just a yard short ... (vs. TSU) ... finished a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts ... two of the field goals were from long range, one from 50 yards to end the first half and one from 46 yards... (vs. FSU) ... made a career-long 51-yard field goal with no time remaining in the first half ... his first attempt was from 56 yards and was just short, but got the chance to kick again after a roughing-the-kicker penalty on FSU ... also was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points ... (vs. Duke) ... tied a school-record with eight PATs ... also kicked a 23-yard field goal ... missed from 50 yards to end the first half by hitting the left upright ... had plenty of distance on the 50-yard attempt ... (vs. GT) ... had a game which changed his season and possibly his career, as he finished the game with two field goals and two extra points ... came up with one of the plays of the year, kicking a then-career-long 46-yard field goal to force overtime at the end of regulation of a Thursday-night matchup on ESPN ... previous long was 33 yards ... kept his focus on the kick after a high snap ... earned ACC Specialist of the Week honors for his efforts ... also connected on a 26-yard field goal in overtime that proved to be the game-winning score ... (vs. UVa) ... was 2-for-3 on field goal attempts including makes from 25 and 33 yards... also was a perfect 5-for-5 on PAT attempts ... (vs. WFU) ... made the first two field goals of his career (from 27 and 29 yards).
2000 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and 2000 graduate of Albemarle High in Charlottesville, Va. ... three-year varsity starter as a placekicker and punter ... two-time first team all-state choice, capturing the honor as a sophomore and as a senior ... was 13-of-14 on field goal attempts his final two seasons, including a career long of 50 yards as a senior ... was a two-time all-district and All-Daily Progress selection ... named to the school's all-academic team three times.
Personal: Nicholas Novak is the son of Julie and Bob Novak ... majoring in kinesiology ... parents are both professors at Purdue and were at Virginia when Novak was a prep ... a Maryland scholar-athlete in 2000.
Kicking G-GS XP-A FGM-FGA Lg Pts 2001 11-11 41-42 16-25 51 89 2002 14-14 53-54 24-28 51 125 2003 13-13 38-42 24-32 54 110 Career 38-38 132-138 64-85 54 324