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Florida State University: “Kicker U”

Yes, Roberto Aguayo is on pace to be one of the most accurate kicker in college football history, but Florida State’s kicking prowess did not start with him.  In 2000, former Seminole Sebastian Janikowski was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.  He has since put together an illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders, setting a team record for most games played  with the team at 242.  Janikowski, nicknamed “The Polish Cannon,” has such a strong leg that his coach once sent him out to attempt a 76 yard field goal against the San Diego Chargers.

Attempting to follow in Janikowski’s footsteps are the dependable Graham Gano and the young but promising Dustin Hopkins. Gano is currently in his seventh year with the Carolina Panthers, while Hopkins is in his third year in the NFL, but his first with the Redskins. Both Gano and Hopkins are having successful 2015 seasons making 80% and 92% of their field goals, respectively.

Graham Gano (Photo: David T. Foster III, Charlotte Observer)

Graham Gano (Photo: David T. Foster III, Charlotte Observer)

Roberto Aguayo has been so successful throughout his college career that CBS’s lead NFL draft analyst, Matt Miller, recently ranked him #71 on his quarter-season top 100 player rankings.  This grade projects Aguayo to be a third round pick in this coming NFL draft.  If Aguayo were to declare for the draft after this season, which many scouts presume he will, he would become the fourth Florida State kicker in the NFL.  Hypothetically, this would mean one in every eight NFL starting kickers next year would have attended Florida State University (Janikowski, Gano, Hopkins, and Aguayo).

The Seminole coaching staff has attempted to continue their great kicking tradition by receiving two commitments from high school kickers in the class of 2016.  But FSU is not getting any average kickers, commits Logan Tyler and Roberto Aguayo are two of the top three kickers in the nation according to Kohl’s Kicking Rankings.  These two highly touted prospects will vie to kick for next year’s team, which is poised for a playoff run.

Ryan Stalder

Football Writer and Baseball Writer; Student at Wake Forest University; Twitter: @RyanStalder12



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