That question may surprise you. Ricky Aguayo began his Florida State career with a bang in 2016, setting a program record by drilling all six of his field goal attempts in the Seminoles’ opener against Ole Miss. But Aguayo’s perfection wouldn’t last long.
His first miss came three games in, during FSU’s 63-20 blowout loss at Louisville. That one didn’t really wind up mattering, but two weeks later, Aguayo went 0-3 in a last-second 37-35 home loss to North Carolina. In mid-October, the ’Noles pulled out a sloppy 17-6 win over Wake Forest; Aguayo’s miss in that contest could have provided some breathing room. By the Boston College game in November, fellow freshman Logan Tyler was handling some of the field goal duties, and Tyler even took over extra point responsibilities when Aguayo went 1-3 on FGs against Florida.
And of course, Aguayo’s final effort of the season came when he skulled an extra point that was blocked by Michigan with 36 seconds left in the Orange Bowl. That ball was returned by the Wolverines for a safety, and instead of being up 34-30, the ’Noles had to hold on for a 33-32 victory.
So, given his season’s trajectory, it may seem ludicrous to ask if Aguayo is a top-five kicker in Florida State history. Yet that’s just what the numbers may suggest. Although Aguayo’s missed extra point was a big one, it remains his lone fail on a PAT, good enough for a success rate of .98077. That’s better than every single FSU kicker ever— except Aguayo’s big brother, Roberto, who never missed a point after attempt.
The younger Aguayo also connected on 73.1% of field goals in 2016, which is fifth highest in school history, behind just the elder Aguayo (88.5%), Sebastian Janikowski (79.5%), Dustin Hopkins (78.6%), and Gary Cismesia (78.3%). Some may maintain that these numbers are skewed, due to Tyler coming in to try longer attempts late in the season. But that happened just twice, on a pair of 50+ yards (Tyler made one).
It’s important to note that those included in the FSU record books have a minimum of 100 extra point tries and a floor of 50 field goal attempts. Aguayo, of course, has not yet met these marks, but will do so in 2017 if he kicks as many PATs and FGs as he did in 2016.
Which makes the question moving forward very clear: will he continue to get those attempts? And if so, will Aguayo’s performance dip, rebound— or stay about the same? That is, who’s the real Ricky Aguayo? The record-breaker who helped spur the comeback effort against the Rebels? Or the guy who hit that extra point in the forehead? Or, is he somewhere in between— consistently inconsistent?