Florida State kicker Ricky Aguayo off to good start following in brother’s footsteps

Ricky Aguayo made both of his field goal attempts in the Garnet & Gold game, including a game-tying kick from 46 yards in the final seconds. (247Sports).
Ricky Aguayo made both of his field goal attempts in the Garnet & Gold game, including a game-tying kick from 46 yards in the final seconds. (247Sports).

If Ricky Aguayo is going to be feeling any pressure trying to follow not only one of the greatest kickers in FSU history, but one of the greatest of all-time who also happens to be his brother, it did not show in the spring game.

Aguayo, who was among the seven 2016 recruits who enrolled early, nailed his only two field goal attempts (45 and 46 yards) during Saturday’s Garnet & Gold game at the Citrus Bowl, the latter tying the game with four seconds remaining.

The game-tying kick wasn’t the prettiest, a line drive that sailed through the crossbar about midway up the goalposts, but it was just as effective as most of those his brother, Roberto, attempted during his three-time All-America career.

“I thought Ricky Aguayo had a solid day,” Fisher said following the game. “To put him in that situation to be able to kick a pressure (kick) that ties the game. … it was great to see him go out there and make a long field goal under pressure..”

Aguayo, who is from Mascotte, about 30 miles west of Orlando, will be competing with fellow 2016 recruit Logan Tyler for the kicking job in the fall. The Seminoles are looking for a new kicker, punter and kickoff man and Fisher said both are competing for all three. Aguayo likely will enter the preseason the No. 1 kicker and Logan as the No. 1 punter.

Aguayo, though, has had the advantage of enrolling in January and participating in a full spring practice. And the spring game was not the only time Aguayo was asked to make pressure kicks, although it was only time he did so in front of 50,000 people.

The Seminoles continually put Aguayo in pressure situations throughout the spring and Fisher never seemed to be disappointed.

Ricky already has one advantage over his brother. Roberto did not enroll early and he wasn’t even the starting kicker his first year, with Dustin Hopkins still on campus. Roberto red-shirted in 2012 before handling the duties for the next three years. He won the Lou Groza Award as a freshman and finished his career 69 of 78 on field goal attempts and perfect on all 198 extra points. He is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history when combining field goal and PAT attempts.

Near the end of last season, Roberto was asked how Ricky compared to him at the same age: “I think he’s a little bit better than me accuracy-wise,” he said. “I wasn’t as accurate (in high school) as I am now. I just had a big leg. There was one time where I saw him, then I didn’t see him for four or six months kick. It was a drastic improvement. I was like, man, this is a big difference.”

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