There's no denying that Ricky Aguayo has very big shoes to fill as the next placekicker at a school that has established itself as a powerhouse for churning out specialists over the past 15 years. He also has the duty of immediately following the best collegiate kicker of all time, statistically. To make matters worse for Ricky, that aforementioned kicker is his older brother, Roberto Aguayo.
Despite all of this, the younger Aguayo doesn't seem to be shying away from the spotlight that will be on him from his first practice. "I'm competitive. I can do just as much or even better than my brother did," Aguayo said when asked about why he chose Florida State even with the reputation that his last name carries in Tallahassee.
"I think he's a little bit better than me, accuracy-wise." the elder Aguayo frankly stated when asked where his brother's talent compares with his own at that age. "There was a period of four to six months where I didn't see him kick and it was a drastic improvement."
For all the success that Roberto Aguayo had in his career with Florida State, he did not arrive as the starting kicker. He was an incoming freshman in 2012, Dustin Hopkins' senior season. As such, he was not allowed to enroll early at Florida State as they didn't want him taking a spring roster spot.
Meanwhile, the younger Aguayo brother is already taking classes at FSU as one of seven early enrollees in the Seminoles' 2016 recruiting class and will have the entire spring semester, practices and spring game included, to prepare for his first season as the starting kicker for the Florida State Seminoles.
When asked what he believes the advantages of early enrolling are, the elder Aguayo said "I think it's getting a step ahead into what it is to have college football. I think it's kind of like a redshirt year in six months."
Although the elder Aguayo announcing that he will be going pro after his redshirt junior season has thrust his little brother firmly into the spotlight for next season, Ricky will have an extended practice schedule starting in the next few months that will help prepare him for the big stage. And, when all else fails, he can always call upon his brother, the greatest kicker in Florida State history, for advice.