Terps’ punter grandson of ex-AAHS coach
One of Maryland’s punters has Altoona roots.
Colton Spangler is a true freshman for the Terps who has punted nine times in the first three games. He averages 40.3 yards per punt, including a 56-yarder in the last game against Temple.
Spangler is the grandson of longtime local football and track coach Bob Crago, who passed away in 2016. His grandmother, Barb, is a pre-school teacher in Altoona.
Crista Crago-Spangler graduated in 1985 from AAHS, where she participated in basketball and track, before settling in Maryland.
She said her dad, “spent so much time working with Colton on football.”
“My entire family is committed Penn State fans,” Crago-Spangler said. “For the first time ever, we’ll root for the other team.”
Colton Spangler, a left-footed kicker, was a standout at Chesapeake High School who went to Maryland as a preferred walk-on.
He is currently sharing the punting duties with fellow freshman walk-on Anthony Pecorella, who has punted seven times for a 40.9 average.
Both have punted in all three games. Spangler is No. 99 and Pecorella is No. 98.
“That competition is still kind of going on because they both have done a great job for true freshmen and the fact that one is a lefty and one is a righty creates some competitive advantages with how you set up your return game,” Maryland coach Mike Locksley said. “We’re expecting to probably use both of them early until we can make a decision on which one is the most consistent. It’s a unique situation that I can’t say I’ve been apart of it, but I’m not afraid to do it.”
Spangler is not the only Maryland player with local ties. Baltimore product Wyatt Cook is a transfer linebacker from Purdue. He is the son of former Hollidaysburg Area High School and Bloomsburg University player Wes Cook.
— Neil Rudel