In 2012, Maher had four games with three field goals, giving him six games with three or more field goals in his career. He also connected on three field goals beyond 50 yards this season, giving him six career field goals of at least 50 yards. Maher's efforts as a kicker earned him first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season and also the Bakken-Andersen Big Ten Kicker-of-the-Year Award for the second straight season. Maher also handled the punting duties the past two seasons and averaged 41.8 yards per punt in 2012. He placed 18 punts inside the opponent 20, while also booming 17 punts of at least 50 yards. He was a second-team All-Big Ten choice as a punter by the coaches. Maher also handled kickoff duties and had 57 touchbacks in 96 kickoffs in 2012.