At Florida State, Roberto Aguayo made all of his extra point attempts, 198 of the fact, and most of his field goal attempts. Those numbers made him appealing to Bucs GM Jason Licht, but to move up to the second round to select a kicker had many fans questioning his thinking. After struggling in rookie camp and in his rookie season, many fans were finished with Aguayo and believe that there is no hope for the young kicker. These beliefs were backed up by the offseason addition of veteran kicker Nick Folk, and as many perceived, the struggles for Aguayo continued to this year’s OTAs.
All the excuses and justifications used last season for Aguayo’s struggles will not be allotted to him this year. The competition between Folk and Aguayo, for the starting kicking job, is definitely not going in the second year kicker’s direction. Having missed five of 9 kicks so far and Folk making all 9 of his, shows signs that this competition may not be one after all. Granted one kicker is a veteran and the other is still trying to find his groove. The major blemish on Aguayo’s face is that in his rookie season he was only a meager 71% of his field goal attempts. Not good for someone that was selected in the second-round and considered one of the best kickers in college football.
Nick Folk will most likely win the starting role this season, and all the comparisons of Aguayo to Sebastian Janikowski finally ended.