With nearly three full years as Florida State's starting kicker in the books, it is becoming tougher and tougher to deny that Roberto Aguayo may be the most illustrious kicker in FSU's historic run of elite specialists. Aguayo's First-Team All-American nod from the Sporting News means that he has been on at least one First-Team All-American squad in each of the last three years. He is just the second Seminole to ever accomplish this feat, joining Deion Sanders.
Over his career at Florida State, Aguayo has connected on field goals and extra points at a torrid pace. He has attempted 76 field goals in his three seasons and 68 of them have gone through the uprights (89.5%); Aguayo is also a flawless 46/46 on kicks inside of 40 yards. Even more impressively, Aguayo has not missed an extra point in his collegiate career--his 195 straight converted extra points is an ACC record. If his career ended today, Aguayo's 97.0% conversion rate on all kicks would be the new NCAA record, breaking the previous mark of 96.7 set by Nebraska's Alex Henery from 2007 to 2010.
However, despite vast speculation about whether or not he will leave FSU with a year of eligibility left and much discussion on what more he could prove with another year in Tallahassee, Aguayo is keeping his entire focus on the upcoming Peach Bowl.
"I didn't do that," Aguayo replied, when asked if he had submitted for a draft evaluation from the NFL. "I'm just focused on what I gotta do with bowl-week preparations and preparing myself for another game." He followed up by saying that he was not curious as to how he would be evaluated.
With regard to specialists departing school early to pursue professional careers, the results have been quite a mixed bag. The most promising example is one of Florida State's own, Sebastian Janikowski, who was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft after forgoing his senior season. However, Janikowski is the only specialist to be taken in the first round since 1980, and the early departure decision has not always proven to be a good one. LSU's Brad Wing is now the starting punter for the New York Giants, but he started his professional career as an undrafted free agent after declaring early for the 2014 draft.
Aguayo may well have already made his eligibility decision, but if he has, he is playing it close to the vest for the time being and focusing all of his attention on the Seminoles' fourth-straight appearance in a top-tier bowl, stating clearly, "I like to stay in the moment and right now, it's the bowl-week preparation."