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Should FSU kicker Ricky Aguayo be more appreciated?

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2017 says yes.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Florida State Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It’s tough to follow your big brother. But Florida State kicker Ricky Aguayo certainly made a splash in furthering his family name in 2016, when he began his freshman season as a ’Nole by following up his All-American brother, Roberto, by drilling an FSU-record six-of-six field goals in a comeback Seminole win over Ole Miss.

Aguayo definitely fell off thereafter, finishing with a 73.1% success rate. Still, as I wrote about, not bad. Of course, 2017 changed everything. FSU football had so many problems on which to dwell that, frankly, focusing upon a kicker seemed rather silly. But then, the other day, the ACC’s preseason all-conference teams were released. I was a tad surprised that Aguayo was included as one of only two Seminoles— but perhaps I shouldn’t have been.

Because amid that horrible 2017 FSU season during which there was plenty of blame to go around, Aguayo more than did his job. In fact, he was the most accurate kicker in the ACC, and one of the best in the country.

Check this out: Aguayo hit on 18 of his 21 attempts last year, making 85.7% of his kicks. No one in the ACC did better, and that success percentage tied for 10th, nationally. FSU kickers have most definitely seen some highs and lows throughout the history of the program. But the younger Aguayo was an undeniable bright spot in an otherwise gloomy year for Florida State in 2017.